Barred Rock

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  • Breed Purpose:
    Dual Purpose
    Climate Tolerance:
    All Climates
    Egg Productivity:
    Egg Size:
    Egg Color:
    Breed Temperament:
    Kind, Skittish
    Breed Colors/Varieties:
    Barred (black and white)
    Breed Size:
    Large Fowl
    APA/ABA Class:
    Barred Rock Rooster​

    The Plymouth Rock a.k.a. Barred Rock is a very popular duel-purpose American breed, known for their excellent laying ability, general hardiness, and calm good nature which makes them a good choice for small backyard flocks and homesteaders.

    Chickens called "Plymouth Rocks" were shown as early as 1849, but that flock disappeared and later strains from several different breeders combined to form the foundation of today’s Plymouth Rock breed. Mr. D.A. Upham of Worcester, MA is credited as being one of the primary influences on the breed, he first exhibited his birds at the Worcester, MA poultry exhibition in 1869. His birds are generally acknowledged to be the ancestors of the breed we know today.

    A number of different breeds are reputed to have gone into the formation of the Plymouth Rock, including Dominique, Brahma, Black Java and Cochin. The breed gained a great deal of popularity quickly and the Plymouth Rock became the most popular farm chicken in the United States up until WWII.

    The original color of the breed was Barred and early in the breeds history the name "Plymouth Rock" implied a barred bird. Barred varieties remain the most popular color today. As more color varieties were developed, the name Plymouth Rock became the designation for the entire breed, which can now can be found in other colors including White, Buff, Partridge, Silver Penciled, Columbian and Blue.

    The Barred Plymouth Rock was one of the breeds used as the foundation for the commercial broiler industry in the united States in the 1920's and the White Rock is still often used as the female side of the Cornish Rocks or Cornish Cross type commercial broiler cross.

    They are single combed, quite winter hardy, and the hens are good layers of brown eggs. They are occasionally broody and make good setters and mothers.

    The Plymouth Rock breed was recognized by the APA in 1874 and is on The Livestock Conservancy's Recovering list.

    Barred Rock chicks

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    Barred Rock Juvenile (pullet)

    Barred Rock hen
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  • Chicken Breed Info:

    Breed Purpose: Dual purpose

    Comb: Single

    Broodiness: Average

    Climate Tolerance: All

    General Egg Info:
    Egg Productivity: High

    Egg Size: Large

    Egg Color: Brown

    Breed Temperament: Kind, Calm, Skittish, Sweet, Docile, Over Protective Cocks

    Breed Colors / Varieties:
    Black and White Barring

    Breed Details:

    Chicken Breed Photos:

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    Egg (left)




Recent User Reviews

  1. HennyPennyCO
    "Good Information on my Favorite Breed"
    Pros - Handles Colorado winter weather with no problem (unheated coop), lays beautiful brown eggs, not fazed by family dogs
    Cons - Can't think of any except maybe years down the road you'll be running a retirement home for elderly Barred Rock hens because you'll get so fond of them.
    As everyone keeps saying - friendly, curious, laid back, reliable egg-layer.
    In my previous chicken-keeping days I'd had mostly Rhode Island Reds and got this breed this time around only because the RIRs were all sold out at the monthly chicken swap meet. I bought just one, sold to me as a Cornish Barred Rock, and at 5 years old she's now the last of that round of hens.
    We lost two very aggressive hens (a Silver Lace Wyandotte and a mixed something-or-other breed) to a renegade raccoon raid, and life for Roberta has been much more peaceful since then. We love her.
    Purchase Date:
    September 2014
  2. G Mitch
    "A great all purpose breed"
    Pros - Great layers , cold hardy , Lays well into the winter months
    Cons - None in my opinion
    I always called these a good Blue collar breed . They are a durable tough breed well built for the colder regions . Will lay well even in the winter . These have survived well below zero temps at night in my uninsulated layer houses with no issues at all . An all around good reliable breed . Roosters will supply you with plenty of eggs ready for the incubator if you wish to hatch some of your own and are generally non aggressive . Barred Rocks are one of my old reliable all time favorites and I always have some in my poultry houses.
  3. Manedwolfy
    "Probably wouldn't get another roo again"
    Pros - Protected the hens
    Cons - Very flighty
    Giant comb easily gets frostbite
    Very, very loud
    I had a barred rock rooster that I really didn't enjoy that much. Very flighty with fast wing growth, always jumping out of the coop. He protected the hens but was also sometimes mean to them. NEVER put with another rooster, even if they have enough hens. Mine had a humongous comb that easily got frostbite. Aggressive to basically anyone and anything!
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  1. CountryChic63
    We had a beautiful barred rock rooster, but after he attacked me viciously several times, and then he was beating up 2 of the 12 hens that drew blood, I decided to get rid of him.
    I was surprised he wasn't a typical rooster. He hogged the food (especially the treats) and he didn't seem alerted when the cats or squirrels were close. He did crow 24/7 though.
    I raised him from 1 day old and handled him daily. He seemed to expect my extra attention when I walked into the coop or fenced in yard. But then suddenly he started flogging me up at my face non-stop. I tried separating him from the hens until he calmed down, which he did. But he continued the floggings almost daily. Since we have grandchildren around that enjoy helping me, I decided he would be too dangerous. Since our fenced in yard is totally enclosed I don't plan to buy another rooster.
  3. GamalZin
    Excellent strain .. Feed and strength
    Thank you
  4. Chickielady
    This is the PLYMOUTH barred rock, there are many colors of the Plymouth, including white, black, buff and silver penciled among others.
    The Plymouth Rock is an awesome breed, strong and healthy and gentle in general.
    I would love to see this article be titled "Plymouth Rock" instead of naming it a color variation of the breed.
  5. CountryChic63
    So I have 2 barred rocks in my brooder. I try to hold each chick daily, and interact with them, however most act like I'm going to kill them. I have 3 totes as brooders, chicks are separated by age, so they are 2 weeks, 3 weeks and 4 weeks. My question is, even though they don't seem to calming down at all, once they're in the coop and THEY get to chose to come up to me vs ME holding them against their wishes, will they become a little less scared of me?
    Also, I see a big difference between the chicks we ordered from Ideal vs the ones that we bought at Tractor Supply & Rural King. The ones from the stores seem traumatized and much less trusting. They also fight a lot. What's your thoughts?
    1. cherylwillard1
      My barred rocks were skittish as chicks, too. I think it's a survival mechanism. Now that they have started laying, they're very calm and easy going, even friendly. They still resist being picked up, but once I calm them down, they will sit on my arm and "talk" to me. I ordered mine from Cackle Hatchery and am very happy; I haven't lost a single one to disease or predation.
      cherylwillard1, Sep 23, 2018
      HAPPYCHICKENLADY17, Feb 1, 2019
      CountryChic63 likes this.
      i have 4 barred rocks and 2 white plymouth them all
      HAPPYCHICKENLADY17, Mar 7, 2019
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  7. midnoight
    My favorite breed! A must-have in a flock!
  8. chickybaby1213
    are barred rocks motherly?
  9. Chook to chook
    Our Barred Rock is one of the most reliable in our flock of many. She is calm, gets along with everyone, easy to handle, and doesn't really mind being toted around by our two boys. Very regular layer and hearty. Not bad as a forager. Super stable girl and good neighbor.
  10. BlackHackle
    The Barred Rock is actually a variety of the Plymouth Rock breed. This breed includes the Barred Rock, the Partridge Rock, the Columbian Rock, the Silver Penciled Plymouth Rock, the Buff Rock, the BBS Rock, and the White Rock.
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    1. Youngxq
      Pls can u identify a breed for can I upload the pics for u...thanks
      Youngxq, Aug 8, 2018
      BlackHackle likes this.
      Like i said i have 4 barred rocks and 2 white plymouth rocks, love that they are laying very easy to handle...the white are very very chatty....always have something to say......when they were little they did not like to be handled at all......just wait til they get older they will love you just as much
      HAPPYCHICKENLADY17, Feb 9, 2019

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