Plymouth Rock

Average User Rating:
4.46442/5,
  • 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. Callsp
    3/5,
    "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
    5/5,
    "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.
    Papa John59, flwrldy and G Mitch like this.
  3. kturnquist
    5/5,
    "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.
    Purchase Price:
    $3.79
    Purchase Date:
    12/11/2018

User Comments

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  1. ChickyChickens
    Nice looking girl!
  2. chasiekitten12
    I do not see how not going broody is a bad thing. If they do not go broody then they will lay eggs.
  3. Bean789
    My girl Roxie is also quickest when it comes to treats, especially worms as they are handed out and she can spot and catch a roach before any of the others even see it. We just cleaned an area of our new property of years worth of tree branches, household debris, bricks, blocks, wire, you name it and it was in there. Roxie was 'chomping' at the bit when she saw the bugs come running out of the area and when I turned them loose later in that day, she ran over there and started scratching. I thought it would be midnight before I get her back in the coop that evening! LOL She is a sweetie and first at my feet every day for her chats and loves.
  4. chickincrazy
    I sooo agree with you! These birds are stellar! I only have a problem with their combs getting frostbitten; we have such cold winters and petroleum jelly doesn't help.
  5. sogr8ful95
    I love my Plymouths too. I'm in Michigan US. A weird thing you might have explained. I lost my Plymouths to a raccoon family under my barn last spring. The raccoons always seem to get them first. Maybe it is because they're so docile. Let me ask you something about Australorps. Mine are SUPER talkative. Constantly purring and cooing to me. Are all Australorps that way? Nice article. My friend down under calls them chooks!
  6. N F C
    Very informative & well-written review! I have 4 of these in our mixed flock and they are good looking birds. And you hit the nail on the head when you mentioned their "hunting" skills...these girls are always the quickest when it comes to bugs, treats, etc.
  7. Sylvester017
    To sssharon - sounds like your particular BR strain inherited the Dom sweet genes and not the Malay or Cornish Indian Game wild bird genes. With BRs the temperaments can go either way because of their breed history background - a BR can either be really sweet or really aggressive depending on the strain they inherit.
  8. sssharon
    I have a BR and of all my chickens she is my fav. She gets out of her pen and if she sees me coming outside she will come running to me and just talking up a storm. She is very amusing. I try to coax her to let me pick her up but she won't. She follows me everywhere but never let's me pick her up. Yesterday I took a salad out with me and set in the lawn chair. She just set there looking at me and all of a sudden jumped up on me begging for my salad. She must like things on her own terms. It just took food to get her to get closer to me.
  9. roostersandhens
    Really? I consider them as one of the prettiest breeds! We all have our opinions though, right?
  10. gmrt77
    I have a little girl and she peeks hard... But she is the smartest in the flock :D

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