Plymouth Rock

Average User Rating:
  • 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 originated in New England in the 19th Century and was first recognized as a breed in the year 1869. They created the first Rock (Barred) by using breeds such as Dominique, Dorkings Cochins, etc. After that other colors and forms of the Plymouth Rock were created. It has been a great bird due to hardiness, egg laying, broodiness, and meat production. The first production meat chicken happened to be the Barred Rock. But now The White Rock is typically the female used to create Cornish X meat chickens.
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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. SFogg
    "All-around great, hardy breed- highly recommend"
  2. Chelsa'sChicks
    "Perfect As Roosters"
    Pros - Lays almost daily, great at free ranging, and the roosters are Great!
    Cons - A hens are little more flighty then some breeds and can be picked on.
    I have 2 BPR hens with other mixed breeds all together. They lay well - even with age and love to roam/free range, but they are both at the bottom of the pecking order and can be picked on. My last two roosters, however, (before my current now) were both BPR. They are in my opinion the perfect rooster. Both roosters sadly died defending the hens whom were all safe and accounted for each time. They are only aggressive when they see fit. My large dogs were attacked a few times for disrupting the hens EX: being hyper directly next to them or bursting through the calm hens while they ate. When I say the dogs were 'attacked' he just jumped at them once with spurs (no blood) to tell them to knock it off. They are great roosters with kids! They are not so good with small dogs. I can't help to laugh still, but I have a long haired miniature dachshund who was assaulted by my BPR rooster multiple times. Its not the roosters fault though I feel, as the dog is short and has a long body and could easily resemble a mink or weasel in a roosters eyes. I swear the rooster would go out of his way to find my small dog, but that also shows the rooster is brave and intelligent to know my small dog would be around.. After all the rooster didn't know he was a dog.
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  3. robinwhiskers
    "Goofy and friendly!"
    Pros - Smart, goofy, friendly, and curious
    Cons - A little flighty
    We have 2 Plymouth Rocks. They can be a little flighty and independent, but they'll still come when called, and they're quite amusing with all their little antics! They are also very pretty and sweet. I'd recommend them as a hardy backyard chicken breed to any chicken owner.

User Comments

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  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. 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!
  4. 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!
  5. 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
  6. 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.
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  7. Dawnclucks22
    Wonderful breed. Mine is as sweet as could be but a bit skittish.
  8. featherhead007
    my "Roxie" is the best chicken in the world. was love at first sight from her egg hatch until she started laying her own eggs! always by my side.
    1. PlymouthRockExpert
      awww <3 SAME as my little Ms. Prissy which is my profile pic!!!
      PlymouthRockExpert, Dec 17, 2017
  9. rdfields68
    Love my Barred Rocks. They are generally the pretty quiet ones but I love to hear them talk while foraging around. So sweet! My cockerel is a good boy too! Eats out of my hand and looks after all his girls. ❤️
    Can anyone tell me if they've ordered from Cackle Hatchery, especially any Rhode Island Reds or Golden Comets, Buff Orpingtons, White Rocks, Barred Rocks, Wyandottes, or Easter Eggers? I got a batch of Black Australorps from Chickens from Backyards (which has great service) that are extremely skidish and unfriendly. Also, if I get any new breeds again, I want to try to make sure that are somewhat friendly, fairly docile and/or at least will fit well in a mixed flock without much aggression (allowing for a normal pecking order of course) and be easy to handle.
    1. PlymouthRockExpert
      Definitely go with barred rocks or partridge rocks
      PlymouthRockExpert, Dec 17, 2017
    2. featherhead007
      Just add some cannabis seed to their feed and they will be docile, or they won't care either way.... Just kidding, I'd never poison my chickens
      featherhead007, Jan 15, 2018

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