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!
  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. HennyPennyCO
    Of my 4 hens, the Barred Rock is equal last in the pecking order - 1) White NJ Giant, 2) Silver Lace Wyandotte, equal last Barred Rock and New Hampshire Red. It could be because I got the last two as pullets, then got 1) and 2) as mature hens a few weeks later.
    The Barred Rock is a sweetheart and friendly to me, but is also adventurous away from the two bullies.
  2. BriColie
    Beautiful barred hen! We have a 20 week old barred rock hen & from what i can tell from your pictures, they sure do age well!!
  3. OKVet
    I started with 6 Barred Rock pullets and a BR rooster. They were fine when they were by themselves. The first trouble I had was with the rooster. When he got to be a bout 5 months old he started to get mean, he just got worse and worse. It got to the point my wife could not go outside. So I got rid of him. When I started getting other chickens the BR hens were so hard on them, I finally sold the all.
  4. birdwrangler057
  5. Table4Six
    I have two, one bantam and one full size. Mine definitely have great personality.
  6. birdwrangler057
    I forgot to say, they also have a great personality.
  7. Skitz
    It could be just my mean chickens lol they had a natural killer eye haha
  8. 1FlewOver
    Wow, I had one that was a sweetheart! Hmmm...thinking about getting a flock together, and I figured on barred rocks. Maybe its how they are raised? They seem to be very sensitive and reactive critters to me.

    Anyone else have a different opinion of this breed?
  9. ceceuu
    I have one barred rock also (out of 14 chickens I have had); and she is definitely my least favorite because she is so loud. It seems like she wants to boss everyone with her loud squwking, including all humans. I think she is very intelligent and she is not super aggressive or bullying, except with her voice. She sqawks sqawks for them all to be let out to free range, and then 15 minutes later she is in the coop sqawking again - I think she wants them to all come back in. She's like a nosy, worry wart! She also sits on the floor in front of the nesting boxes the entire time any of the others are there, and sings the egg song off and on all day. When she lays it is a chorus that goes on forever it seems. Sometimes she just sits and then gets up and sings, with no egg there. Her eggs are also not very high quality - the white is watery. This may have nothing what so ever to do with being a Barred Rock. She also never grew all her feathers back in when she molted last year and never lost a lot of them, which are now scraggly and worn out. She is molting again so I hope she gets pretty feathers, at least. I don't really care for her but her annoying ways are part of my flock spirite and I think we all will miss her when she is gone.
  10. hamlette2002
    I just love my barred rocks - adventurous is right! Always my first to fly, and explore, and try new things.

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