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Chicken Breeds item created by dylan729, Apr 18, 2012
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.
Pros - * Daily winter layer
* Shoulder/lap bird
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.
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!
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.
Pros - Very Friendly and Docile. Also, have a fairly good egg producing rate.
Cons - Nope, no cons.
I just love this beautiful breed!
Pros - This chicken is sweet and tame.It is a large breed,I have a barred rock rooster and he is the sweetest rooster I have.
Pros - Extremely calm, docile chicken, great multipurpose animal, easily adapts, even as pullets, to love its people
Cons - Not much, some don't prefer their "bland" coloration but I love my Barred hens
Love them! They are some of the sweetest chickens I have!
Pros - friendly good egg layers
We have three barred rocks .
They were 6 months older than our 20 rode islands
So they showed the young birds how to range
and get around . Would definitely get more when the time comes.
Pros - Dominant without being aggressive
Sexing is easy from chick
Not too loud
Curious birds, natural leaders
Cons - None perceivable from my point of reference
The barred rock are always to first to explore uncharted territory and changes made to their enviroment. The other chicks would follow their lead. My barred rooster is the best a flock keeper could ask for. He knows his place and is obedient. He will put himself in harms way to protect the girls when threatened. When he finds something good to eat he will call the girls over and offer it to one of them before he indulges. He also fights off the other roosters if they give me a hard time. He stops other flock members from bullying each other and he is always keeping an eye out. I feel like Somebody Up There gave me a great gift. They are a great breed for families, the novice or expert flock keeper.
Pros - Protective
submissive at times
not too loud
Cons - None! (except-she likes pecking my red toe nails through the fence)