Plymouth Rock

Average User Rating:
4.45977/5,
  • Breed Purpose:
    Dual Purpose
    Comb:
    Single
    Broodiness:
    Seldom
    Climate Tolerance:
    All Climates
    Egg Productivity:
    High
    Egg Size:
    Large
    Egg Color:
    Light Brown
    Breed Temperament:
    Friendly, Easily handled, Bears confinement well, Docile
    Breed Colors/Varieties:
    White, Partridge, Buff, Barred, Blue, Columbian, Silver Penciled, Black. RED
    Breed Size:
    Large Fowl
    APA/ABA Class:
    American
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    The Plymouth Rock is a very popular duel-purpose American breed, known for their excellent laying ability, general hardiness, and calm good nature which makes them a good choice for small backyard flocks and homesteaders.

    Chickens called "Plymouth Rocks" were shown as early as 1849, but that flock disappeared and later strains from several different breeders combined to form the foundation of today’s Plymouth Rock breed. Mr. D.A. Upham of Worcester, MA is credited as being one of the primary influences on the breed, he first exhibited his birds at the Worcester, MA poultry exhibition in 1869. His birds are generally acknowledged to be the ancestors of the breed we know today.

    A number of different breeds are reputed to have gone into the formation of the Plymouth Rock, including Dominique, Brahma, Black Java and Cochin. The breed gained a great deal of popularity quickly and the Plymouth Rock became the most popular farm chicken in the United States up until WWII.

    The original color of the breed was Barred and early in the breeds history the name "Plymouth Rock" implied a barred bird. Barred varieties remain the most popular color today. As more color varieties were developed, the name Plymouth Rock became the designation for the entire breed, which can now can be found in other colors including White, Buff, Partridge, Silver Penciled, Columbian and Blue.

    The Barred Plymouth Rock was one of the breeds used as the foundation for the commercial broiler industry in the united States in the 1920's and the White Rock is still often used as the female side of the Cornish Rocks or Cornish Cross type commercial broiler cross.

    They are single combed, quite winter hardy, and the hens are good layers of brown eggs. They are occasionally broody and make good setters and mothers.

    The Plymouth Rock breed was recognized by the APA in 1874 and is on The Livestock Conservancy's Recovering list.

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    Plymouth Rock juvenile
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    Plymouth rock chicks

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    Plymouth Rock hen

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    Plymouth Rock rooster

    For more information on Plymouth Rocks and their owners' and breeders' experiences with them, see our breed discussion here:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/threads/chicken-breed-focus-plymouth-rock.982643/
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  • Chicken Breed Info:
    Breed Purpose:
    Dual Purpose
    Comb: Single
    Broodiness: Seldom
    Climate Tolerance: All Climates

    General Egg Info:
    Egg Productivity:
    High
    Egg Size: Large
    Egg Color: Light Brown

    Breed Temperament:
    Friendly,Easily handled,Bears confinement well,Docile,Curious

    Breed Colors / Varieties:
    White, Partridge, Buff, Barred, Blue, Columbian, Silver Penciled, Black.
    Breed Details:
    I have found that this breed is friendlier than other breeds, mine always come running and they imprinted as chicks. My partridge Rock will even let me pick her up; very docile. More active then breeds such as Leghorns, EE, and RIR. They are a hardy breed that can withstand quite a bit. I have also noticed that they also grow bigger, faster than most breeds do. Also great layers of large brown eggs and will sometimes become broody and be great mothers.

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Recent User Reviews

  1. lilapot
    5/5,
    "Very Friendly, Good Layer"
    Pros - Tempermant-Mine loved humans, and were very friendly
    Good with kids
    Good Layers
    Cons - Could be a bit noisy
    My Barred Rock was the best chicken I ever had. Friendly, and outgoing, she was the perfect family hen, while also producing a good amount of eggs. Good for Houston weather, heat resistant. She rose to the top of the pecking order quickly.

    Friendly, and outgoing, she was the perfect family hen, while also producing a good amount of eggs.

    Highly Recommend.
  2. Glitterchicks
    5/5,
    "Curious and SWEET!"
    Pros - Sweet, docile, brave, hearty
    Cons - None so far
    I'm new to chickens and dove in head first with 6 different breeds. I have to say that my barred rock babies were some of my favorites from 3 days of age! They are all so sweet and never would shy away from me. They loved to be held and to explore without hesitance! Now that I have roosters, these girls stand up for themselves and never stand to be picked on. They are happy in hot weather, not being bothered by it like the rest of the flock. FANTASTIC birds!
    Overall:
    5
    Purchase Price:
    2.50
    Purchase Date:
    4/15/2018
    BlackHackle likes this.
  3. BlackHackle
    5/5,
    "If You Hit the Right Breeder, as Good as Gold"
    Pros - Friendly, Not Flighty, Lay Well, Good Show Birds
    Cons - Barely any for sale actually are correctly bred Plymouth Rocks
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    Overall:
    5
    Purchase Price:
    $100
    Purchase Date:
    Forget

User Comments

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  1. Bettyboop7499
    So are Plymouth Rock the same as Barred Rock? They look exactly the same...
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    2. Bettyboop7499
      So, I actually have four Plymouth Rocks that are Barred color?
      I have four Barred layers with four distinct egg colors a light cream to med/tan with dark specks.
      Bettyboop7499, Sep 14, 2018
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    3. Thomas Lamprogiorgos
      Welcome to the club, Betty. I never had the barred variety.
      Thomas Lamprogiorgos, Sep 15, 2018
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    4. Bettyboop7499
      They are beautiful hens, especially when their combs turn that shiny rose red...we have a chicken strutting around in the worlds most coveted color combination-only the Creator! I'm intrigued by the silver penciled.
      Bettyboop7499, Sep 15, 2018
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  2. CluckyrulesOK
    i love this breed
  3. QueenOscotts
    We are pretty much starting from scratch with a new flock. We have one hen left from our original flock. My daughter and I picked out four different breeds; 3 Barred Rocks, 3 Buff Orpingtons, 3 Salmon Faverolles and 3 Blue Laced Red Wynadottes. All have been put in the run except the Wynadottes. The Barred Rocks are very aggressive to the other chickens. The Orpingtons are like puppies, very sweet, but somewhat aggressive to the Faverolles. It seems like a trickle down affect. The Rocks were put in the run first with our older gal (she put them in their place), then the Orpingtons and then the Faverolles. I'm not sure how to correct the problem.
      robbluther likes this.
  4. Storybook Farm
    I raise Silver Penciled Plymouth Rocks. The hens are really beautiful, and the roosters are stunning. Their eggs are medium sized, creamy tan, and prolific. These birds are steady layers in the cold, especially if you give them a little light (we use Christmas lights on a timer... they’re safe, and they work great!)

    Some of these will follow me around, but some are kind of stand-offish. We are breeding them to improve the breed and keep the variety alive... most people don’t even know they exist. I think they are lovely, especially for those who want something different and want a pretty hen (because maybe they can’t keep roosters in their neighborhoods).
    1. Cluckingham palace capers
      Do you have photos please?
    2. Storybook Farm
      Sorry: just saw this! Yes: go to http://www.marciasomerville.com/farm. I can’t seem to upload pictures here.
      Storybook Farm, Feb 7, 2018
  5. canalcolt
    I have a Plymouth Rock rooster and he is mean. He will stalk everyone around the yard. I can't wait till his testosterone level goes down.
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    1. midnoight
      Our first batch of chicks was 5 barred rock hens and 1 rooster. The rooster chased my brother onto the bus, attacked my mother countless times, and even chased my friend around the yard- twice. Safe to say we had to give him away. That just might be how barred rock roosters are. The hens on the other hand were my favorite, actually my favorite chicken we'd ever owned was a barred rock named Big Mama!
      midnoight, Jul 31, 2018
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    2. canalcolt
      I don't know if that is a trait of the Plymouth rock or not… We have Rhode Island rooster who is very sweet… But so many people say that Rhode Island roosters are mean and aggressive… But we've had other Rhode Island roosters in the past that were all so nice
      canalcolt, Aug 1, 2018
    3. midnoight
      We have a Rhode Island rooster too, he's very sweet (and skittish)
      midnoight, Aug 1, 2018
  6. CrazyChickenLadyinGa
    So, far these little chicks are sweet and a bit vocal :) This is my first try at them but they are awesome at a few days old!
  7. AlmadenOaks
    I have 14 barred rocks. They are all sweethearts, though one or two can get a little bossy. Every few weeks I have a broodie gal -- not the same one ever. I only had one I had to "break" the broodies. They are "heavy" birds and needed large nest boxes to be comfy. Many of them also have some trouble with high roosts so we lowered things (roost bars and nest boxes). About 4 of them fly like the wind and have no problem jumping straight to my shoulder. The others get a foot off the ground at best, but can go laterally a long way like that.

    I live in northern Alabama and experienced frostbite on the combs of several of my girls last winter. So, they are cold hardy but need to be watched when it is cold and wet. This winter we are keeping them in their coop when it is wet and the wind-chill is below freezing. They were born July 2016, and have produced an average of 12 - 14 eggs per day once they all started laying -- until winter set in. Now it is 9 - 12 eggs per day. Someone forgot to tell them not to lay so much. Their eggs are all shades of brown from very light to very dark, but generally are a nice medium brown egg and generally large.

    Great birds!
  8. PlymouthRockExpert
    I have barred and partridge rox. But the barred are by far the best chickens I've ever seen. The partridge ones tend to be quite skittish and believe it or not pretty aggressive. Some of them are pretty sweet though! the barred are the most friendly though. GREAT EGGS TOO!!! The best cold weather breed by far as well
  9. dennisma1
    Ive had Buff rocks and Barred Rocks, of the two the Barred were the more docile and the better layers. But the Buff were prettier. Pretty hardy chickens for New England.
      Better Than Rubies likes this.
  10. Dawnclucks22
    Wonderful breed. Mine is as sweet as could be but a bit skittish.

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