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. rdcowman
    I LOVE Barred Rocks!:) They are so sweet and loving! i have 4 of them. i definitely recommend them!;)
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    1. featherhead007
      so true, mine like to cuddle with me and coo from their crops , and great eggs . nice hoppy turned profession!
      featherhead007, Sep 7, 2017
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  2. Crazyredhead
    I have 3 hens and 1 rooster.
    Sweet sweet birds.
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    1. featherhead007
      featherhead007, Sep 7, 2017
  3. sidders chicken
    I have 2 barred rocks!!! best chicken breeds ever!!! quiet and great layers!
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  4. MichelleT
    We got 5 chicks to add to our flock of 4 the first week of May. We got 2 Easter Eggers, 1 New Hampshire Red, 1 Black Astraulorp and 1 Barred Rock. Our BR, Lilibet, was the "runt" of her group at the feed store and I was a little worried she wouldn't thrive. That is not the case, however. I don't feel like I really "know" our other chicks well enough to rate them yet, but Lilibet is the stand-out. She's always the first to come out of the coop in the morning (beating the big girls on some days), is brave enough to go in for the "treats" and is scooting out the run gate more often than not. She always gets picked up and delivered back to the run, and she clucks and complains, but it can't bother her too much or she'd quit doing it. :) At 12 weeks old she is the friendliest of our chick group and I can't wait to see what kind of hen she'll be!
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    1. MichelleT
      Sadly, we lost Lilibet about 2 weeks after I posted. Necropsy showed an egg sac that didn't form (she was only 14 weeks old) and she got a bacterial infection. We'll definitely get another BR or two in the spring when we get a new batch of chicks though. RIP Lili!
      MichelleT, Sep 8, 2017
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  5. MeridianChick
    My barred rock Zoe is very sweet and has a nice temperament. Since she was three weeks old, she's been the head of our flock, even though she may be shy at times. :)
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  6. featherhead007
    My 2 barred rocks are so very special, I raised them from eggs and they became tame best friends. Always on my lap come treat time. sometimes just to be with me without wanting anything but to be held. Great bird pets!!
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  7. JuliaOlivia
    I love our barred rocks. Some are shy some aren't. One of ours is very friendly. If your hens aren't very friendly don't be discouraged! They are much tamer after they lay eggs. They lay nice big brown eggs.
    1. featherhead007
      MY rocks are laying now, and i've never missed a breakfast since! not to mention, one perches like a parrot .. A special built roost in my other den, she prefers to sleep closer to me because there are distractions in the coop that causes stress on her.. I have 12 chickens free ranging! I have put 296 wanted felons in prison for various crimes, none of them was for pecking out of order.... oh god i love retirement!
      featherhead007, Sep 7, 2017
    Can anyone tell me if they've ordered from Cackle Hatchery, especially any Rhode Island Reds or Golden Comets, Buff Orpingtons, White Rocks, Barred Rocks, Wyandottes, or Easter Eggers? I got a batch of Black Australorps from Chickens from Backyards (which has great service) that are extremely skidish and unfriendly. Also, if I get any new breeds again, I want to try to make sure that are somewhat friendly, fairly docile and/or at least will fit well in a mixed flock without much aggression (allowing for a normal pecking order of course) and be easy to handle.
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    1. MeridianChick
      I've ordered Orpingtons, Barred Rocks and Easter Eggers. Both the Barred Rock and Easter Egger are shy, but my orpington is the sweetest (I have a mixed flock.)
      MeridianChick, Jun 27, 2017
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  9. Leah567
    I have 2 barred rocks, They are very sweet and lay lots of beautiful eggs
    1. featherhead007
      How old were they when they started laying eggs??? I think mine are getting close to doing that. NOW THEY ARE LAYING THE BEST EGGS CALIFORNIA HAS EVER SEEN! NATURAL NO CHEMS, AND MY HEALTH HAS NEVER BEEN BETTER!!!! USMS
      featherhead007, Jun 14, 2017
    2. MeridianChick
      featherhead007 My barred rock was the first to lay in my flock at about 21 weeks.
      MeridianChick, Jun 27, 2017
    3. Leah567
      Mine started laying at 28 weeks
      Leah567, Jun 27, 2017
  10. mjett5578
    I actually had a huge predator problem, and it unfortunately took all of my BR hens :(
    1. featherhead007
      OMG! that's so very sad, losing my birds would destroy me
      featherhead007, Jun 14, 2017

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