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Chicken Breeds item created by Super Admin, Jan 10, 2012
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.
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.
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.
Pros - Excellent layer (6 - 7 weekly on average)
Very docile, sociable, friendly, and calm
Early to average maturing (app. 20-and-a-half-weeks is when mine started laying)
Pretty good winter layer (without artificial light)
Very cold hardy
Cons - Can be a bit of a bully to other birds
I LOVE my Barred Rock! She's a good forager, too. She is the alpha hen, but generally not too mean/bullyish at her mature adult age now.
She's 'well worth her weight in gold;' I do not give my chickens supplemental light--lamps in a chicken coop can be very dangerous, and it doesn't let them have the rest their bodies so badly need during the winter, thus probably shortening their lifespans--yet she laid almost all winter...she stopped at the beginning of January this year, and got back to immediate daily laying...in the middle of her molt...in early February...so took roughly one month off (WAY better than I can say for my other birds, and that's pretty good considering she didn't have excess light...only natural and short daylight). And she's not like my Amberlink who laid EVERY day (and for at least a couple months in a row before taking just one little day off, but getting a bird that good of a layer might be rare), but she certainly frequently lays seven days a week, and sometimes six, 'cause she doesn't lay everyday of the week every week (since she needs a rest sometimes, but still she's my best layer now, followed closely by my Production Red).
Pros - In my opinion they are the most fun to have.
Pros - Tempermant-Mine loved humans, and were very friendly
Good with kids
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.
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!
Pros - Friendly, Not Flighty, Lay Well, Good Show Birds
Cons - Barely any for sale actually are correctly bred Plymouth Rocks
I like my Barred Rock because she lays eggs for me, and will come and snuggle with me when I lay out in the yard. The other one is not so friendly, and they are sisters.
Pros - Docile, get aling well with others, good egg layers, a bit more savy with predators than some, love the barred variety,
Cons - Can get picked on by more aggressive breeds like Reds