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.

User Comments

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  1. The Yakima Kid
    They're vocal but not loud. They talk to you. Much lower volume than the Black Stars.
  2. Tough Old Bird
    I've heard they're among the smarter of the chicken breeds....and vocal, apparently!
  3. AWalker3
    Update: The girls are now almost 1 year old and I couldn't be happier with them. They have grown into nice, well mannered young ladies. I lost one last fall, to an unidentified illness (i'm not going to pay a vet to autopsy an animal that isn't a family pet) They remaining four are reasonably quiet and are all great layers. I averaged 3 eggs per day throughout the winter. I did supplement lighting, not sure if it really made any difference.
  4. Tough Old Bird
    Good to know, ArmFarm. Thx.
  5. ArmFarm
    PS - meant to say it worked very well!
  6. ArmFarm
    I used the wire cage a lot when I had game hens. It took a few days, 3 - 5 days, with the game chickens. I have Barred Rocks and Golden Comets now and none of them have gone broody. I've had them a year now and love them!
  7. Tough Old Bird
    Well, I'm sure I'll have an opportunity at some future point with a Ms. Broody. Will definitely keep your experience in mind. Take care!
  8. Undimere
    coffee goood =) By the way, I have read that the wire cage idea works pretty good.
  9. Tough Old Bird
    pardon the spelling errors -- haven't had my first cup of Joe, yet, LOL!
  10. Tough Old Bird
    Thanks for the detailed tips. I've heard to dunk their bottom's in cold water, which would have the same effect, but would obviously be more distressing. Someone else suggested suspending a wire cage off the ground and keep your broody in their for a couple of days...again, to cool off the hen, literally. Sounds like your plan worked great. I'll keep that in mind! Thx.

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