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Barred Rock

Average User Rating:
4.24424/5,
  • 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. chickenmom22
    5/5,
    "A wonderful chicken breed"
    Pros - Lays lots of eggs, very friendly temperament, likes to be around people
    Cons - No cons
    Overall:
    5
    Purchase Price:
    5
    Purchase Date:
    4/1/2017
    BlackHackle likes this.
  2. BryansBranch
    5/5,
    "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!
  3. Dogue
    5/5,
    "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.
    Overall:
    5
    Purchase Price:
    $3.00
    Purchase Date:
    2015

User Comments

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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. TheBantyCoop
    Yup, they are fantastic :)
  4. penny1960
    mine are my best also a egg a day from each one
  5. ZachyWachy
    Mine do very fine, they never have trouble with climate, however, l have had 2 out of the 3 die(don't know why). Maybe it was just my fault, or maybe something else? Who knows.
  6. mjett5578
    I live in a fairly hot climate, but they're definitely built to stand cold. How cold are you talking?
  7. BYCforlife
    How do they do in the cold?
    1. MeridianChick
      My barred rock did fine when the blizzard hit Indiana. Just make sure they have shelter from snow. I would not recommend putting a heating lamp in the coop.
      MeridianChick, Jun 27, 2017
  8. 2theranch
    I would like to sell the 2 hens I have, their eggs are too small!
  9. PastaChickenBoo
    Is that barred rock a rooster? Sure looks like it... (sorry never seen chickens in real life before...only baby chicks)
    1. adcockfarm
      I think its a hen, but I'm no expert.
      adcockfarm, May 28, 2017
  10. penny1960
    yes and I have to agree they are my daily layers nothing seem so flutter their feathers
    ever

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