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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

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    Egg (left)




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Recent User Reviews

  1. chickenmom22
    "A wonderful chicken breed"
    Pros - Lays lots of eggs, very friendly temperament, likes to be around people
    Cons - No cons
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  2. BryansBranch
    "Beautiful Birds"
    Pros - Friendly,Hardy,Good layers
    Cons - None that any other chicken wouldn't have
    These are my favorite type of chicken, so maybe I'm a little partial. Any how we love ours and plan to more!
    BlackHackle likes this.
  3. Dogue
    "THE pet chicken"
    Pros - docile, sweet, lays lots of eggs, hardy in both cold and heat, easy keepers
    Cons - none
    This is my favorite chicken breed, despite my love of the "cute" breeds with fluffy butts and poofy heads. The barred rock isn't unattractive, but is plain in a world of fancy chicken options. However, I've had this breed in all of my flocks over the years and it more than makes up for its plain appearance. This breed tames itself. I am not the type to put much effort into taming chickens. I don't often give treats, I don't sit out with my birds or talk to them much, which means the majority of my flock, even breeds like silkies (known for their pet qualities) are skittish. But not the barred rocks, ever. These birds can be pet, picked up, held, brought into the house, hand fed by children, anything really, on a whim- WITHOUT having to get them used to handling. It's truly like they tame themselves. Add that to the fact that this year not only did we have a record breakingly cold winter, and a scorching summer, but due to personal issues the flock had to live on kitchen scraps for a few weeks... and the barred rock is no worse for wear for any of it... superbly hardy birds. They can't be beat, every flock should have at least one.
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  1. puckpuck8
    Originally had four bared rocks, one a year later one hen had some problems and passed on. I got a young hen to replace her, the older hens would chase the new hen a lot. A neighbor told me when they had a chicken farm, that introducing new hens can be frustrating. What I needed is to get a buddy for the new hen, sure enough it worked. The two young hens got chased around together. Eventually the older hens have left them alone except for the pecking order thing. In town you can't have a rooster, which would come in handy to keep an eye on the local red tail.
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  2. Liz Birdlover
    They haven't met my Rocky Roo! Raised with love from a very young age, I can assure you, he is not so tame, will attack and spur strangers, only tolerates me, and will spur me unless I grab him, scoop him up and carry him around as I try to do one-handed chicken chores as he sometimes pecks or bites at me, usually getting a beak full of my clothing, as I've learned to wear long sleeves/pants around his ornery, feathered butt! When I offer my flock treats, they all peck the treats gently, but he pecks hard, like he is ticked off that my hand is still touching "his" treat. He also has a very loud crow, louder than my other 2 Roo's., which makes him a great "watch bird" keeping us alerted to anyone outside within sight or driving down our lane. People have driven down our road to "find out where that loud rooster lives" and they live over a mile away. LOL He is a gorgeous, handsome Roo, and he takes his job very seriously, always on duty, and despite his grumpiness, I love him. :)

    Sweet Pea is Rocky Roo's girl, she is a nice hen, but not so nice to other hens at times. She is very skittish, even though I gave both her and Rocky lots of attention, pets and hugs when they were young. She lays very beautiful, smooth, large but perfectly shaped, light brown eggs.

    I love my Barred Rocks! They always make me smile. They're super cute when I give them treats or mealworms, making sweet sounds. They are a joy to have.
    1. featherhead007
      I think you have my rooster, little blue my rooster acts the very same way. Thanks for the read
      featherhead007, Feb 8, 2018
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    2. MagdaMae
      Same here, tried to keep my Roo tame but no luck. He watches and if I get busy and lose track of him, I get attacked. If I get annoyed or have lots of chores, I catch him and put him in a cat carrier for awhile. He gets his dignity bruised, but that' all.
      MagdaMae, May 26, 2018
  3. ScottKelly1974
    I have one rooster and one hen both hatched August 7. My Buff Orpington hens still boss him and the others around.
  4. Nutmeg15
    I originally bought four Barred Rocks from a local breeder, and sadly only one is left as a result of animal attacks and medical issues. My remaining hen, named Twinkle Toes for the one curled toe on each of her feet, is very sweet and does not particularly like being handled but will tolerate it. She, however, is very unreliable about laying, and has not laid in a particularly long time despite still being only around 2 1/2 years old. This was the case for her three sisters, too--they laid, but not often. Not sure if that is the breed or just the particular bunch of chickens, but I adore her all the same.
      Liz Birdlover likes this.
  5. ChickenLady&aRooster
    I have 3 Barred Rock pullets between 7-8 months, all 3 have very different personalities 1 is just crabby, 1 is very skidish and 1 is much more friendly although none like to be touched. They are great layers though with nice size eggs
  6. featherhead007
    see my picture? i grew up, and lay eggs for my daddy.. he loves me and he even lets me inside the house, I like the worms he feeds me, but the cornbread is awesome. my name given me by daddy, is "The Rock" I love my daddy!
  7. Beans513
    She is always the first to me.
  8. featherhead007
    2 times my hen shown here, laid a beautiful brown egg in my hand. i knew by her squack that she was ready, but yes i know all my ladies quite well.
    the egg never touched the nesting box floor. How is that for fresh!!!!
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  9. punatiquemama
    I usually have the americana,,, for their pretty green eggs, but this last season, they were not very productive.... looking for a good layer, don't need meat..... some say this is a "medium' layer (I also have Leghorns which lay a lot!) others say it is a 'good layer"....... I want to cut down on my flock and not have so many birds, so I want a breed that lays almost daily. is this the right one?
    1. featherhead007
      I love my Leghorns too! pure white eggshells awesome yolks.. My birds are brown, and not especially friendly as my Barred Rocks are
      featherhead007, Sep 27, 2017
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    2. Josh0625
      I love my barred rocks. I currently have 7 hens 1 rooster, 4 pullets, 1 cockerel, and 4 chicks. I get 6-7 eggs from my hens all year long!!
      Josh0625, Dec 15, 2017
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  10. Chickadee55
    I have a Barred Rock rooster and 8 peeps. The peeps are playful and friendly but the rooster on the other hand is aggressive, mean and freaking loud. He doesn't crow, he screams all day long. Hubby hates him.

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