Barred Rock

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  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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    Ajulycc and Bonnie sue like this.
  4. HeidiN
    "faithful layer"
    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.
    Bonnie sue likes this.
  5. bmanty
    "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.
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  6. SFogg
    "All-around great breed, highly recommend"
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  7. Ryn2011
    "Wonderful Chickens"
    Pros - Great Egg Layer
    Winter Hardy
    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.
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    November 2nd, 2017/December 17th, 2017
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  8. 2Fast2Curious
    "Friendly breed."
    Pros - * Daily winter layer
    * Shoulder/lap bird
    * Talkative
    * Human-friendly
    Cons - Our barred rock was sickly from the start, and nearly died of an illness in the beginning. She also got egg-bound once.
    We had a barred rock for about two years before a predator got her.

    She was talkative and social with humans, and bonded with a red sex link. She took a few months to warm to us, but when she did, she was the shoulder bird every land-bound pirate didn't know they needed. Bottom of the pecking order.


    We have a mixed cockerel who looks to be part barred rock - we don't know if he'll take a similar path, but he is bottom of the pecking order. Like her, he is LOUD and fairly talkative.

    We've found our barnyard mixes have had far better health than the purebreds and hatchery lines. That said, I'd recommend birds with this heritage if you're looking for a friendly companion who lays through the winter.
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    July 2015
    featherhead007 and MrsMcnugget like this.
  9. Ashley McDaniel
    "Beautiful Barred Rock"
    My favorite bird when it come to looks. I have a pair of sister's, they are inseparable! Great layers! #All around great addition for your flock!
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    November 2, 2017
  10. Taylorbrood
    "Barred Rock"
    I have one she is loud and skittish, but her worst trait is she pulls tail feathers from the others and pecks them till she draws blood. she has been put in isolation so the others can heal. She is smart though loves bird toys and entertains herself quite well. But when she wants something she rings the bell till you come.

    I give her a 4 because of her intelligence, but the pecking and blood drawing is not something I expected of her. It's almost like a game to her, she just runs up grabs the feathers and pulls them out, attacks again to draw blood, not sure what her problem is. she is still young so hope to break her of this issue.
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