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Chicken Breeds item created by dylan729, Apr 18, 2012
Pros - She's pretty..
Cons - Bossy, loud and not a great layer
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
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.
Pros - Great all around chicken. Great layers.
Cons - Roosters are MEAN
Pros - Lays lots of eggs, very friendly temperament, likes to be around people
Cons - No cons
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!
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.
In our mixed flock, I would have to say our Barred Rock is one of my favorites. She was the only one who faithfully laid eggs through winter, only taking a break when the temperatures were at the coldest (teens and below). She will often come when called by name.
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.
Pros - Great Egg Layer
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.
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.