Barred Rock

Average User Rating:
4.23005/5,
  • Breed Purpose:
    Dual Purpose
    Comb:
    Single
    Broodiness:
    Average
    Climate Tolerance:
    All Climates
    Egg Productivity:
    Medium
    Egg Size:
    Large
    Egg Color:
    Brown
    Breed Temperament:
    Kind, Skiddish
    Breed Colors/Varieties:
    Black and white stripes
    Breed Size:
    Large Fowl
    APA/ABA Class:
    American
    Very tame nice breed that gives you big beautiful brown eggs. They aren't that loud and the roosters are mostly not mean.

    Looking for a great dual-purpose bird? Being a quintessential rock-solid American farm breed, the Barred Rock is the best choice for any small or big scale flockster. The first appearances of the Barred Rock were in the 19th century where it was developed by the breeder John C. Bennett using crosses of Dominiques, Black Javas, Cochins, Malays, and Dorkings. This fine fowl became a breed in 1849 and is the origin of all Plymouth Rock breeds. Since then it has been prized for its hardiness, docility, broodiness, friendship, sex-ability at any age, and excellent production of both eggs and meat. The overall appearance of the Barred Rock is a long, broad back, a moderately deep, full breast, and yellow skin and legs. The face of the typical Barred Rock usually is red with red ear lobes, adorn with a bright yellow beak and flashing bay-colored eyes, and topped with a magnificent, moderate sized comb. Much like the Cuckoo Maran, it has sharply defined parallel bars of dark gray and silver (Or for a hen, black and white) which give it the best camouflage of all colors against the eye of the predator. Being amongst the predecessors of the new meat high bird, the Cornish Cross broiler, the Barred Rock is a faster growing bird and the cocks can reach full butcher weight at around 10 pounds in eighteen weeks. A Barred Rock hen weighs around 8 pounds at butcher size, and the adolescents weigh 8 pounds for the cockerel, and 6 pounds for the pullets. Being cold hardy, the hens are able to lay through winter, which adds to the prizing of this true American bird.

    ~Chook Kingdom
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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. bmanty
    5/5,
    "Great birds"
    Pros - Friendly and outgoing
    Love my barred rock, every time I go in the coop she walks right up to me to see what I am doing. No problem in letting me pick her up and hold her either.
    Bonnie sue likes this.
  2. SFogg
    5/5,
    "All-around great breed, highly recommend"
    Bonnie sue likes this.
  3. Ryn2011
    5/5,
    "Wonderful Chickens"
    Pros - Great Egg Layer
    Affectionate
    Winter Hardy
    Beautiful
    Great Varying Personalities
    Cons - Can Be Mean To Other Hens
    I have six Barred Rocks in my flock and I love them. They lay big, round gorgeous and delicious brown (varying shades) eggs. They love exploring around the yard and are very sweet to my daughter and myself. Their salt and pepper look is one of my favorites of all breeds. I constantly remark they they look like they are wearing peppered bloomers as they strut around the yard. 20171129_150755.jpg 25994991_10214849174480460_1041846017893363302_n.jpg 26239075_10214982493813360_107551477113715561_n.jpg 26906964_10214988792730829_2428330923084129786_n.jpg 20171118_185803.jpg
    They can have conflicts with the other birds from time to time but all in all are wonderful additions to my flock.
    I would suggest that you keep them away from your smaller varieties as they can be brutes when it comes to the pecking order.
    Purchase Price:
    4.65/chick
    Purchase Date:
    November 2nd, 2017/December 17th, 2017
    VHoff likes this.

User Comments

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  1. Reamuskitty1
    I have one too, I have a few pictures in my albums!
  2. arrowti
    Our chickens displayed the same symptoms: standing upright, tails down, waddling like they had an bound egg (with no egg inside), lack of activity, loss of interest in eating and drinking (less, but not none). For heart failure, chickens would get a blue/purple comb showing signs of poor circulation.

    If they are not culled early the signs of pre-death are a sloshing sound you can hear in the chicken when they are sitting still, which is a sign the fluid build-up has reached a lethal level. You will usually see that the chicken's abdomen is swollen and heavy and seems much more distended than usual.

    These are just observed signs. Our buff died from ascites due to heart failure (blue comb from poor circulation, sloshy sounds the night she died), and our barred had ascites due to liver failure - we culled her and her blood was miscoloured and oily.
  3. Annasg
    How can you tell if one of your flock has this?
  4. arrowti
    It's fluid buildup caused by a failing heart or liver - makes their belly hang like it's a water balloon, and they gradually get worse and worse.
  5. Annasg
    What is ascites?
  6. penny1960
    That is my 16 of them also
  7. penny1960
    I have to agree I have 21 br and love them
  8. henlady777
  9. penny1960
    I now have 5 adult hens but loved the breed and being unflappable in their egg laying daily
    I sold the 9 brahmas to get 13 more barred rock pullets
  10. kaycountry1016
    I have 2 Barred Rocks--geat chickens. I have nothing negative to say about my two (of 8 total chickens-different breeds). Mine are very friendly. They were the first ones to hop on our knees or shoulders, VERY friendly. Good layers too. I'm glad I have them... Kay in NC. 4.16.16

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