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Plymouth Rock : Buff Rock

Average User Rating:
3.71429/5,
  • Breed Purpose:
    Egg Layer
    Climate Tolerance:
    Cold
    Egg Productivity:
    Medium
    Egg Size:
    Medium
    Egg Color:
    Brown
    Breed Colors/Varieties:
    Buff
    Breed Size:
    Large Fowl
    Pure golden buff from feather base to tip. Intense yellow legs and beaks, bright red comb and wattle. Deep-well set body just as other Rocks.. sometimes a little smaller in size. They are fine winter layers of brown eggs and also good setters in late Spring. Baby chicks are a soft buff color right from the start.

    Source: Murray McMurray Hatchery Catalog
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Recent User Reviews

  1. erinchelsea
    3/5,
    "Hardy birds, excellent mothers"
    Pros - Cold hardy, prone to broodiness, excellent mothers, good layers when not broody
    Cons - Prone to broodiness, bossy
    We have had Buff Rocks several times and overall, I like them a lot. I am a big fan of the Plymouth Rock breed in general, and have had every color McMurray sells. I have found that the Buff Rocks go broody more than any other of my flock, and they are very persistent at it. They make excellent mothers, however, are so protective of their eggs and chicks that if you are trying to handle either, you'd better make sure to wear protective clothing because they will try to eat you alive rather than let you touch their young. When not broody, they lay very large brown eggs frequently and lay all through the winter. Cold doesn't bother them one bit. If you are looking for very high egg production, I'd go with another breed, but if you want eggs and don't mind the frequent broodiness, this is a good choice.
    Overall:
    3.5
  2. Mtn Laurel
    4/5,
    "She's a great gal!"
    Pros - egg laying, friendly
    Cons - late to mature
    From the rest of the reviews, our Buff Rock seems to be an exception with regards to friendliness. She was rather shy until she came into lay but is now the friendliest of our girls, to the point where she will sit on my husband's knee.

    Our Buff Rock - and she is a buff rock with yellow legs and skin - is a large girl that we have nicknamed "Pillow Pet" due to her fluffy feathers. She's so fluffy that her head seems almost too small in relation to the size of her body. She's a great little egg layer, giving us an egg almost every day since she came into lay. They are currently medium in size but she's still a pullet.

    Of the chicks we raised, she was the last to mature and come into lay. While not on the top of the pecking order, she's not shy and won't tolerate the older hens getting in her way or bossing her around. However, she's not aggressive to other hens or to humans.
    Overall:
    4.5
    Purchase Date:
    2013-04-01
  3. gr8bskt
    4/5,
    "Excellent Eggs, Mothers, Roo"
    Pros - Great layers, gorgeous, broody, wonderful mothers
    Cons - Not the friendliest, slow to mature, hard to find
    We love our Buffs. We've only had them a year and a half, but they've been terrific layers, setters, and mothers for us. We're 2 for 2 with our broodies, and are so impressed with this breed that we're considering it exclusively for poultry production.

    Personality-wise, they're not the friendliest, no, but if I had to choose, I'd take the aloof mother over the sweetheart who couldn't hatch an egg or raise a chick to save her life (although I'd really rather have both). It just depends what your priorities are in your program, and setting and raising are priorities here.

    We started out with MM stock and did fine, but we'd like to improve the quality of our flock, so will be looking to private breeders.
    Overall:
    4

User Comments

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  1. whillo
    I know this is an older thread, but I just noticed that one of my two Buff Orpingtons have bright yellow legs. Off to BackYard Chicken I ran! I got these girls the same day and treated them the same. The one with the pinkish white legs and growing faster is by far, the sweetest chicken I have ever owned in the last 5 years. I have never had a chicken run to me in the pen when I don't even have food! The other with the yellow legs, as much as I have tried to assure her I'm not a goblin, runs like the dickens and when I do happen to pick her up, screams like a banshee. Could this be part of the Buff Rock personality? It's very disheartening! However, Little Lu makes up for it by making me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
  2. Aussie-Chook
    My one Buff Rock sits on her "nest" (on the floor of coop) for 2-4 hrs when she lays ... she lets out a squeal/shriek if you get near her ... is she broody? She does eventually leave the nest and I then collect her egg. No rooster present.
  3. sillily
    they don't seem that nice
  4. SkylaSilkie
    I dont think thats a Rock at all. Its a just a plain Buff Orpington
  5. taylohol11
    We have a buff rock and he's about the same except he's fine with our other chickens which are warrens and he's been really good actually he's a father of two

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