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)




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Recent User Reviews

  1. Rusticwool
    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
    "Not my favorite"
    Pros - She's pretty..
    Cons - Bossy, loud and not a great layer

    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
    "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. we2hens
    We have about 40 barred rock hens. They are very friendly, quiet birds....unless you have treats and they think they should have some. One hen in particular, comes to my patio door and if I have the shade pulled up and the door open she will stand up tall and look in and start "telling" me that she would like something tasty to eat. :)
  2. TabbyG
    Thanks for your review - I've been looking at adding a few of these lovely ladies to our flock. I think you just gave me the extra push to snag a few!
  3. poopnroost
    I love my bared rock I knew from the first day I got her she was going to be a sweetie pie and so her name is sweetie pie ..She is about 6 months old and she is always gentle and inquisitive always looking to see what Im doing ..I have her with RI reds RI whites 2 silkie show girls and a rooster breed unknow as of yet thinking he may be a maran ... But she is the best hen I own ... I just love her i would recomend this breed if you have little ones that help in the coop they seem very friendly and never seem to peck ...
  4. FeistyPeepers
    Our very 1st chicks that caused us become chicken math victims (LOL) are some of my favorites! I agree with you they're awesome. Our hens are the sweetest & honest;y only our 2 light Sussex hens are as calm as our Barreds. We have not had even one minute problem with them. We have 2 roos (technically cockerel) Mr Smiley & Sweet Pete that get along well together and they get along well with everyone else. I loves my boys and they are so gentle with me. When my DH sets one of them on my lap & they stretch their head real close to eyeball me & see it's really me the Mama Hen
    they nestle down relax & let me cuddle with them. Neither have ever pecked me & I can rub their combs, chins & even their beaks. I'd bet if you spend time with them daily, yours will be as affectionate.
  5. LAChickens
    I have three "warmth" roos from Ideal Barred as well. I was against this initially but they have really grown on me. Two are very sweet and friendly but one is twice the size of the others and very mature for his age. He's standoffish. I have 5 grown BR hens and they are lovely, calm and curious birds. They make up the backbone of my laying flock at present. Love them!
  6. proudchickiemom
    That is great. My hen is about 22 weeks old, and is still the biggest, and in my opinion, the most beautiful. She hasnt started laying yet :( But Im sure she will start soon. She goes and sits in a box everyday, and then when I walk in, she hops down and looks from me to the box, like she wants me to look for the invisible egg she layed. She is a great bird to have
  7. Peepsicle
    BARRED ROCKS TOTALY ROCKKKKKK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  8. Peepsicle
    they destroy other birds.
    Mine don't!!
  9. Chickengirl47
    I love Barred Rocks to! They are very pretty! My Barred Rock girl is very nice and lays an egg almost every day. I also have one RIR.
  10. susieq5353
    Are they docile around kids? I don't know a thing about this breed.

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