- 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
Barred Rock Juvenile (pullet)
Barred Rock hen
Chicken Breed Info:
Breed Purpose: Dual purpose
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
Chicken Breed Photos:
Recent User Reviews
"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.
"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.
"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!CountryChic63 likes this.