Barred Rock

Average User Rating:
4.23636/5,
  • 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



    Breed Details:





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Recent User Reviews

  1. 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 :(
  2. 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.
  3. Kathy Keeney
    5/5,
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    Pros - Great all around chicken. Great layers.
    Cons - Roosters are MEAN

User Comments

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  1. 2theranch
    I would like to sell the 2 hens I have, their eggs are too small!
  2. 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
  3. penny1960
    yes and I have to agree they are my daily layers nothing seem so flutter their feathers
    ever
  4. 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.
  5. 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!!
  6. 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.
  7. birdwrangler057
  8. Table4Six
    I have two, one bantam and one full size. Mine definitely have great personality.
  9. birdwrangler057
    I forgot to say, they also have a great personality.
  10. Skitz
    It could be just my mean chickens lol they had a natural killer eye haha

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