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. calebc311
    @Bean789 if she's at thirteen weeks, she's bound to peck. My BPR's grew out of pecking at around 16 weeks. They're really amazing all around birds.
  2. ALJhappychicken
    I have two BPRs: Chucky Chicken and Berniece. Like you said, they're great birds!
  3. Bean789
    My BPR is only 13 weeks old and yet, she seems to be protective of the bantams in the brood. She is also the first one to come 'talk' to me when I go to the coop and start our morning routine. She does peck me, but I think mostly because of the rings on my fingers but she also pecks my arm now and again. Roxie is her name and she was the first chicken I chose in my order based on her color and markings. She is beautiful.
  4. hellbender
    You had the wrong RIRs. Not knocking Your Plymouth Rocks but no other brown egg layer can top a real Rhode Island Red.
  5. scampisi
    Awww sad…I thought it sounded like something was wrong with her. Sorry for your loss. I love the Rocks!
  6. Sylvester017
    The BRs were created from Doms with game bird added to make the BRs larger than the Dom. Have had both BRs and Dominiques. Personally preferred the Doms because they are a bit smaller so less feed, consistently friendly, alert, good foragers, good to humans or flockmates, brood their own young, a very established heritage breed from Colonial era, and dual purpose. Doms give 4 eggs/wk vs. BRs 5 eggs/wk but we found the Doms easier on the feed bill and a bit more reliably friendly. I think with BRs it depends on the breeder and the strain of bird you get as to what temperament they'll have. We happened to get a couple pushy BRs so of course we preferred the sweeter Dom hens. But if you're lucky you could possibly get some sweet BRs. We just happen to prefer the slightly smaller Doms for their consistently calm natures and talkative conversations with us. Doms are very active foragers. I mean ALL chickens forage but some look lazy as they graze compared to the quick moving Doms. Doms are very inquisitive outgoing and unafraid from chicks to adulthood. I don't dislike BRs (unless it's a mean one) but I just prefer the Dom for overall utility and temperament. Some birds no matter what breed can be either sweet or not. I just re-home troublemakers to farmers market egg sellers or have them processed.
  7. calebc311
    Very different for me! Mine is skiddish and pecky to me and other chickens. Got any tips on making them friendly and laidback, b/c that's the opposite of what I;ve experienced
  8. calebc311
    Same! They seem to be great all but their social skills
  9. BarredRockMom
    I don't know if this would help Nugget or not, but I give my Barred rocks chopped lettuce each day, in addition to their regular food. I just split the amount into two bowls & place them far apart. It seems to help everyone get enough. If she's not getting enough food and you think maybe that's stunting her growth, maybe take her aside and give her some high protein food all by herself a couple of times per week? Mine go crazy for scrambled eggs & garlic, mashed tofu & garlic, sunflower seeds, etc. Private Message me if you'd like. Hope this helps!
  10. Mr MKK FARMS
    Interesting. :)

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