This proven crossbreed has been with us for over 40 years, and today bears the distinction of being one of the hardiest breeds to be found. These birds have a beautiful colour pattern. They are a good producer of quality brown eggs, a very quiet and docile bird in the laying pen, and good for the yard. Heavier than hybrids, live weight will be approximately 4 lbs. at 19 weeks and close to 6 lbs. at end of lay for females. Males are approximately 1½ lbs. heavier.
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Chicken Breed Info:
Breed Purpose: Meat
Climate Tolerance: All
General Egg Info:
Egg Productivity: Medium
Egg Size: Small
Egg Color: White
Breed Temperament: Kind, Scared
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Breed Details: Very skittish, but will come to the gate when they see food
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Recent User Reviews
"super friendly and sweet hens"
Pros - friendly
lay big eggs-some don't even fit in the carton
brave-my cock attacked a hawk and won several times
Cons - roosters are aggressive
hens can get a bit bossy-but not mean
Columbian Rocks are very friendly. One of my hens will jump up on my lap and fall asleep and then get mad if i take her off. They kind of expect all the hens to move out of their way and are noticeably at the top of the pecking order. The cock, however, can be aggressive. My cock hates everyone but me and will try to attack through the fence. On the other hand, he protects the hens very well. I lost one pullet who didn't know the danger of hawks, but he attacked a hawk that attacked a hen and saved her. He has won fights with a hawk at least three times, and gives warning signals when he sees birds, and even airplanes. I suggest hens to people who want this breed, and cocks for people who want protection, but can asset their dominance over the cock.
"My Columbian Rocks are the darlings of the flock!"
Pros - Sweet, good layers, protective rooster, adorable personalities, first to lay!
Cons - protective rooster
My Columbian Rock hens are my sweethearts! They all putter around the yard with me--- they squat when we reach for them, and most of them are happy to be held. All around friendly and happy go lucky hens.
The CR rooster is a protective, loud beast. He is good with me and the family, but he doesn't take to strangers around his girls. He also is my predator master. He will make a very specific warning call if there are any ravens/crows/dogs/eagles/predators in the area and all the girls immediately run for cover. It has helped with us free ranging the flock, and we haven't had any losses yet! (5 months) We also have a Red Rock rooster who is about as useless as a non laying, anti social hen-- but he's pretty. They both serve their purposes well but the ladies take to the CR much more readily and kind of follow him around like their white night.
Lots of eggs!!!! My 8 CR hens were the first to start laying of our 24 girls. They are also the most consistent and it seems like I'm getting more than an egg a day from a couple of them but that could be just crazy talk! We have 24 girls and not all are laying yet, and can't quite sort out who/what/when/where
All in all, these are my favourite of the breeds we have had so far. They are beautiful, sweet, and productive!
Pros - Sweet, pretty, consistent layers
Cons - none so far
I have a hen named Lady and she's simply lovely. She's motherly to my Red Sex Link and is always first to call everyone to eat in the morning. Her plumage is beautiful to look at and she'll walk right up to me. Not as chatty as my Sex Link hens, but she does look up at me and cluck when I come in with food or the egg basket.
All in all if you're going to get a Rock hen, get Columbians. You'll get a gorgeous flock, pretty large eggs, and docile birds that are good with other breeds.