Barred Rock

Average User Rating:
4.23982/5,
  • Breed Purpose:
    Dual Purpose
    Comb:
    Single
    Broodiness:
    Average
    Climate Tolerance:
    All Climates
    Egg Productivity:
    Medium
    Egg Size:
    Large
    Egg Color:
    Brown
    Breed Temperament:
    Kind, Skittish
    Breed Colors/Varieties:
    Barred (black and white)
    Breed Size:
    Large Fowl
    APA/ABA Class:
    American
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    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.

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    Barred Rock chicks

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    Barred Rock Juvenile (pullet)

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    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



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Recent User Reviews

  1. Rusticwool
    5/5,
    ""
    My favorite chicken! She is vocal and curious, I can’t do anything without her right beside me. She is a calm girl and is great with the toddler.
  2. moniquem
    1/5,
    "Not my favorite"
    Pros - She's pretty..
    Cons - Bossy, loud and not a great layer
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    This is Louise, she is 7.5 months now. I got my first flock of 4 chickens in April. I have a BA, SS,EE and BR. She started "laying" at about 20 weeks but there have been many problems with her eggs. I wold say 50% of the time she lays soft shelled eggs, maybe 2-3 times per week. So.....I don't get many eggs.

    Besides the egg laying she is extremely loud, she is always walking around the yard like she's looking for something or someone whinning the whole time. She is also the bully of the bunch and has tried dominating me, which i showed her was not an option!

    If I knew then what I know now I would have made other choices for chickens. I will not get another one of this breed. My fault though, I read the reviews that they can be bossy but I love the classic look of these so really wanted one. If she continues to have problems laying I may re-home her :(

    November 11th, 2018: UPDATE..

    Had to re-home mine, very aggressive to my other chickens. The straw for me was when I found her cornering bottom chicken in the nest box and pecking at her head pretty savagely....
  3. crazychick912
    5/5,
    "I love my Barred Rocks"
    Pros - Good egg layers. Friendly and easy tempered
    Cons - None
    I knew nothing about them when I first got them. They are great.
    My husband who really wants nothing to with the chickens had a Barred Rock that followed him everywhere he went on our property. He told me, "That spotted one keeps following me. She's always clucking and talking up a storm." He ended up naming her "Spot". And where he was, so was she.

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  1. 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.
  2. 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
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  4. midnoight
    My favorite breed! A must-have in a flock!
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  5. chickybaby1213
    are barred rocks motherly?
  6. 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.
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  7. 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.
    1. Youngxq
      Pls can u identify a breed for me...how can I upload the pics for u...thanks
      Youngxq, Aug 8, 2018
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  8. MagdaMae
    I love this breed. They are very hardy, good foragers and lay for years. The eggs get bigger each year. We've had 10 year old's laying. The only difference in age is that the older hens don't lay so much in the winter (I live in the North Eastern United States).
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  9. puckpuck8
    Barred Rock hens are still going strong, the older hens don't lay every day and still have energy of a young hen, they are around three years old. They do a lot of gripping if they don't get the daily meal worm treat, sometimes give a light pecking, hey bud where are the worms.
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  10. riversbendhen
    I've had my hen for a year now. She is awesome! The leader of the flock. Very friendly but boy is she boisterous!!! She is the first to "call" me when I come out to let them out in the morning and the first to come when called. She is my Rockstar!
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