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Chicken Breeds item created by dylan729, Apr 18, 2012
Pros - Quiet
Cons - Scared and a bit stupid (like Ben Franklin called the turkey)
My pullet Louise is scared of everything and is probably the lowest in the pecking order. She's really quiet and soft-spoken. She isn't old enough to lay eggs but I'm sure she'll be very prolific. Very hardy too.
Pros - Hardy, very productive, friendly, easy to care for, adaptable, protective of your flock, good meat production
Cons - Can be a bit noisy when preparing to set, but it's not too bad
We started our chicken adventure with 4 barred rocks about 6 weeks old, some supplies, a store-bought coop, and not a clue on how to raise them. They're very easy to care for and very tolerant of people, pets, and other birds in the flock. We lost 2 to predators, but the other 2 are the matriarchs of our mixed flock and keep the peace. They come when called, like to be held, help keep our insect population down, and give delicious rich brown eggs. We'll always have a couple of these in our flock going forward.
Pros - Easy to Handle, Reliable Layers, Gorgeous
Cons - None from me!
If I had to pick a favorite of my girls, it would CERTAINLY be my BR. Allow me to tell you why:
1) Since she was a chick, she has always been calm and handleable. She is great for kids who just cannot leave the house without petting a chicken.
2) Her laying has always been consistent and she lays beautiful eggs. Almost pinkish in color!
3) She herself is a real beauty, while still being fairly modest. She looks like a classic farm chicken.
Consensus: I cannot complain about my BR. She is truly the best!
Pros - Calm, docile
Cons - Kind of a follower
I have one hen from last year's hatching. She is the sweetest bird. We can pick her up, ruffle her feathers, she'll take treats from your hand if she knows you. She gives us about two eggs every three days, little and pink. The only complaint I can think of is she's a follower. If the other birds are picking on someone else, she'll join in. If the coop queen decides to move into another area, the barred rock is right behind her. Other than that, she's healthy, she overwintered fantastically, and she likes being picked up.
Pros - Fun, curious, people friendly, bold
Cons - None
I have two barred rocks in a flock of 13 now and am very fond of them. I like chickens that want to interact with people. I have some other breeds that seem so indifferent to me, I feel like they might just as well be butterflies in terms of how much connection there is between us - none. My BRs have personality and attitude. One of them was always the first one to great me in the brooder, the one sitting as high as possible to see what was going on around, the one who walks right up even if you don't have treats. My BRs are not top of the pecking order and they are not bullies. They are very pretty. I got them from Meyer.
Pros - Great at foraging, pretty, blend in with surroundings, good layers, tame
Cons - none that I can think of.
I used to have around 5 or 6 barred rock hens, and they were such a blast. If you start taming when chicks, they should be very nice birds when older. Mine laid a lot of eggs, and are great foragers. Totally recommend.
Pros - Very good layers , tough durable breed that lays well through winter . Good feed conversion .
Cons - None .
These are one of the better breeds for colder climates . A good all purpose breed .
Pros - Very sweet chicken. Great egg layer!
Cons - None!
I love my barred rock hen! She is very sweet, gentle, and loves human contact! She will run up to you when she sees you, looking for a snack! She is by far the best chicken I ever had! She lays a lot of big beautiful cream colored eggs. If you are considering getting a flock of chickens, I highly recommend the barred rock! They make a great chicken for any flock!
Pros - smart, tolerant.
Cons - sneaky, bossy
I had 2 barred rocks, and let me just say they were sneaky little buggers! Always the second to fly the coop (pun intended) They are highly intelligent. Barred rocks can climb up the pecking order fast, and sometimes are aggressive towards other chickens, they never go after me though, but i have only had hens. These birds are pretty tolerant, they are good with children. One of mine only molt every one ore two years, and when they do it is kinda bad. Lots of feathers everywhere! One of mine eats feathers sometimes, and has earned the name Feathery. Feathery is 5 years old, and she will be turning six in the next week, and she is still laying! not regularly though. Overall, i think barred rocks will be a good edition to your flock
Pros - Good layers, friendly, pretty
Cons - Tend to be kind of dominant, usually become the Alpha chicken.
I highly recommend barred Rocks, they are good layers and tons of fun. Good beginner hens too. If you do get them, they will for sure become the dominant birds in your flock.