- 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
Pros - Very gentile hens, wonderful temperament. A great snuggle chicken, and breakfast dispenser.
Cons - Some people look at them, and ask " is that a chicken? That's a weird color!" But those people have seen way too many cartoons I'm guessing!
I just love my two rocks!
Especially Rocks-Anne, super snuggle chicken, and has been from the time she hatched. Kinda a "up on the lap" type. You all know that kind of pet!
"Favorite Breed of Chicken"
Pros - Great egg layers, friendly, larger side of birds, beautiful, hilarious
Cons - They eat ALOT!
Rosebud my first barred rock was my heart chicken I loved her alot. She was by far the best egg layer we had ever had (2-3 eggs layed EVERY day)!! The kiddos loved her and you could just walk outside and she was there ready to be picked up and thought she was queen bee of the roost. She was but she was very gentle putting the other hens back into their places. If she didn't understand something, she would tilt her head as if to say are you a complete idiot.
They are very intelligent(at least mine was). She loved loved LOVED food especially worms. People who say chickens are stupid are completely wrong. mine learned 2 tricks. Lay down and Jump and than the normal one all of our chickens learned was up( which is where i would pat something and they would jump there)
Only one con, to make up for all those eggs, she ate a ton of feed! Probably 3 cups a day + she was free range. I don't know how she packed that much away.
I highly suggest this breed if you looking for huge brown eggs at least one a day.mesalina87 likes this.