Plymouth Rock

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  • Breed Purpose:
    Dual Purpose
    Climate Tolerance:
    All Climates
    Egg Productivity:
    Egg Size:
    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:

    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.

    Plymouth Rock juvenile
    Plymouth rock chicks

    Plymouth Rock hen

    Plymouth Rock rooster

    For more information on Plymouth Rocks and their owners' and breeders' experiences with them, see our breed discussion here:
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  • Chicken Breed Info:
    Breed Purpose:
    Dual Purpose
    Comb: Single
    Broodiness: Seldom
    Climate Tolerance: All Climates

    General Egg Info:
    Egg Productivity:
    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.







Recent User Reviews

  1. Callsp
    "Barred Rock"
    Pros - Extremely Pretty and awsome egg layers
    Cons - Can be bullies to other birds
    okay, so heres the thing. I bought them mostly for thier looks and their egg production. But a few months after I got them as chicks and they were feathered, they turned out to look a little weird. Their backs have feathers that are not there and their heads are starting to loose feathers. They have been checked for fleas and there have been no signs of pecking or bulliing. The other breeds that are along with the barred rocks are absolutly fine and they is nothing wrong with them. If anyone has any odeas....Please reply to this message.
  2. Candy S
    "My next chicken choice"
    I currently have 3 ISa Browns, 4 Rhode Island Reds, 1 Cochin, 1 Polish, and 1 Silkie, (plus 2 ducks). I think plymouth rocks may be a nice addition.

    I’m looking for gentle, cold weather birds that will get along with my current small flock.
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  3. kturnquist
    "Great breed!"
    Pros - Docile, smart, protective
    Cons - can be a bully
    I'm on my first flock of chickens and I love having a Barred Rock. I heard great things about them and she's been a great addition to our backyard flock. Our BR is our boss lady chicken and she does her best to protect the other girls from our very scary fluffy puppy or other dangers that might arise. She's definitely one of the most handleable of our flock and she's super sweet. She won't come sit on my lap like she did when she was a baby but she'll come running to say hi anytime I'm in the backyard.
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  1. 406girl4life
    I have 3 barred rocks and 3 EEs that are about 6 weeks old. when I came into their brooder room the Rocks perk up and run to my hand and jump all over me and peck at my freckles! They are so cute and sweet and so curious whenever I put something new into the brooder. They let me pick them up without any fuss to cuddle. The EEs run screaming the other way! Hoping they will warm up eventually.
  2. feathermania
    We were given a beautiful Barred Rock, named her Heddy. She is very shy unless you have treats. She will eat out of your hand, but she doesn't like to be touched. I don't think her former owners spent much time with her. She is the boss of our flock. She's older and her eggs are long and oval, lays an egg every 2 to 3 days. She is very funny and so pretty! We love her and someday we will get more Barred Rocks.
  3. LeeLynns
    Does ANYONE have blue Plymouth Rocks

  4. AnimalGeek23
    Wow, the roosters look way different!
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    1. Bettyboop7499
      Yeah, aren't they beautiful! I would love to have a Plymouth Barred Rock Rooster!
      Bettyboop7499, Nov 29, 2018
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  5. 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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  6. CluckyrulesOK
    i love this breed
  7. 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.
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  8. 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 I can’t seem to upload pictures here.
      Storybook Farm, Feb 7, 2018
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  9. 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
  10. 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!

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