Partridge Plymouth Rock

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  • Breed Purpose:
    Dual Purpose
    Climate Tolerance:
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    Breed Colors/Varieties:
    Rich Brown, Rusts
    Breed Size:
    Large Fowl

    This is one of the best varieties for the exhibitor as it is quite rare and makes an outstanding show bird. The highly colored male has black hackle and saddle feathers with an edging of rich brilliant red, a lustrous greenish black breast and body touched with reddish bay on the wings. The females are completely different with their brown plumage and distinct pencilings of black following the outline of each feather. Due to inbreeding depression, show lines of these birds that have not been crossed since their origin are dying off in Canada. When bred to the proper standards, these are really good sized birds weighing as much as 13 pounds for a mature cock and 8 pounds for mature hens. The types sold at the hatcheries are about half this weight. The yellow skin and plump body make a nice eating fowl, and the hens lay brown eggs, and are considered one of the best setters and broody hens. The chicks are a rick dark brown resembling the color of an expensive fur coat.

    Partridge Plymouth Rock chick

    Partridge Plymouth Rock hen

    Partridge Plymouth Rock rooster
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  • Chicken Breed Info:
    Breed Purpose: Dual

    Comb: Straight

    Broodiness: Slightly

    Climate Tolerance: Cold Hardy

    General Egg Info:
    Egg Productivity: Excellent

    Egg Size: Extra Large

    Egg Color: Medium Brown to Pale Brown with Pink Overtones

    Breed Temperament:
    Gentle, quiet, calm, good foragers

    Breed Colors / Varieties:
    Golden Penciled

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    Chicken Breed Photos:

    Primary Image (average Partridge Plymouth Rock)

    Ideal Quality Rooster

    Ideal Quality Hen





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Recent User Reviews

  1. Akrnaf2
    Pros - Nothing
    Cons - This breed is very loud and communicates with a cry that is like a cat's howl! I do not recommend him at all it can drive you nuts!
  2. andjesus4all
    "Neat birds"
    Pros - Good layers large light pinkish brown eggs
    Cons - Broody/ can be aggressive
    I love this breed! Although, one hen became so broody, she tried attacking me, but that I did not allow. I always grab my aggressors and pet them, hold them carry them around, grab her beak in nest if she tried to bite me. They really do quit being brats if you take action, it works for me. I ordered more for my new flock.
  3. Theofire88
    "Enjoyed Them Thoroughly"
    Pros - Good layers, attractive colouring, hardy, lays lovely light brown eggs
    Cons - Very vocal/noisy, not good "pets", not very broody
    We got our PPR hens almost a year ago now as laying hens and they have not disappointed, they laid well, through winter and and were very hardy to the elements. My only complaints is that they are very loud and are not very cuddly, which is not a problem for us! They also showed little to no signs of broodiness, which is also not a problem for us. I would not recommend them for anyone that lives near other people or for people looking for a broody hen. If you are looking for a hardy breed that lays lovely light brown eggs, this is the breed for you. I am very pleased with my PPR hens and would recommend them highly!

User Comments

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  1. LovesAGoodYolk
    who breeds these?
  2. chickincrazy
    Cool! I don't know why but they HATE being held.
  3. chickincrazy
    I have some PRs. They're great free rangers, but mine are so mean to each other. It's either that or they're bullied horribly.
  4. The Momma
    These hens have been like clockwork laying. They literally started laying in 5 months. I couldn't believe it. Once they started they haven't stopped. I get an egg a day from each hen. They have not dropped in production despite the Texas heat. I have too many Roosters (2) with 4 hens. My hens are over sexed.
  5. RezChamp
    I got 10 earlier this summer. I have 7 left. Coyote and house cat helped themselves.
    My birds haven't finished growing yet, long ways to go.
    Although their color has yet to "come in" I have seen pics of them on Google.
    Yup, they sure are friendly birds but no picking up for them.
    I can hardly wait till they start laying eggs and the males to get their colors and start crowing.
    Also I am really excited about observing the "flock" dynamics when they mature a bit.
    If I am ever able to take and send pics I will share.
    I also have mixed Brahma, RIR, BuffOrp and Grazers.
  6. chickincrazy
    All plymouth rocks are broody. It's a breed thing. But I don't mind. I love these birds!!!
  7. wolfglen
    It looks as though the feathers would make a great substitute for partridge feathers (yeah, I know why they are called that). If anyone wants trout fly for their hat made from their own chicken's feathers, let me know. I can also incorporate other pet's feathers, hair, fur, etc. into it.

  8. Lanies chicks
    I have bantam Partridge Plymouth Rocks, and I really like them. :)
    They are very beautiful, relatively sweet, and lay nice eggs.
    A very enjoyable breed to have. (Plus they are the cutest baby chicks ever! <3 )
  9. ClucksAndPeeps
    I think all birds have "genetical problems".
  10. cowman1970
    I bought 15 from Murray McMurray in Feb of 2013. I sold half of them. None have started to lay. It has been almost a year and I'm not too happy about it.

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