Are Barred Rocks a good starter breed

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by cldineley, Jan 11, 2011.

  1. cldineley

    cldineley Out Of The Brooder

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    I have recently acquired a BR roo and was planning on getting a couple of BR hens in the spring. Are they a good breed for beginners. Since I'm a stay at home mom I thought it would give me something else to do and a little entertainment in the process, plus my kids seem to like to watch them too. I am hoping for a few eggs in the process, but not sure on hatching any yet. I don't know how old the roo is either. Also, he has found a friend from the neighbors flock and I can't seem to out what she is. Since I still can't post pics yet I'll try to explain her. She is half the size he is with a brown body, red colored neck feathers and a black tail, pale legs, and a small single comb. I also wanted to know, since I'm a beginner at this, if it was best to start with pullets rather than chicks? Thanks
     
  2. Domestic_goddess

    Domestic_goddess Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I started with barred rocks as chicks, I love them! they are docile and friendly. They are great dual purpose breed, I'm going to be getting so more this spring. I think they are great layers. I've had several other breeds and have been the best by far, they even lay well in the winter months. My oldest are 3 years, and have layed great up until now. I think it's great idea for you to start off with barred rocks. As for your neighbors hen, i have no idea. I would be great to have pic! Good Luck:)
     
  3. RAREROO

    RAREROO Overrun With Chickens

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    Yes, Barred Rocks are a perfect beginner breed. They were the first heavy breed other than mixed games that I had back when I first started with chickens and they have always been one of my favs.
     
  4. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    In my opinion, they are the perfect all-round breed. BRs are friendly, intelligent as chickens go, and wonderful layers. I've had quite a few breeds and these will always have the top spot in my heart.
     
  5. punky rooster

    punky rooster Awesome

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    Quote:This goes for all rocks not just the barreds and other varieties need more breeders.
    I hear that hatchery BR can be agressive. Mine from breeder stock are very friendly and large birds
     
  6. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    My first ones were hatchery stock and they were great. Then I have since hatched them from other sources, but still, they are just generations-removed from hatchery stock.
     
  7. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Plymouth Rock - Barred was the very first breed on my list when I started. I have one right now, and she is so friendly, affectionate, and a great layer. She chatters to me all the time, telling me chickeny stories.

    Excellent startter - and continuing!- breed!
     
  8. cldineley

    cldineley Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks everyone for the advice. I didn't even know about the breed until the roo came and stayed in my yard.
     
  9. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    I have blues, black and barred Rocks. Love them all. In fact, I'm hatching more soon to replace older hens that I expect to lose in the next year or so.
     
  10. cldineley

    cldineley Out Of The Brooder

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    I would love to find a breeder close to me, but so far I haven't. Right now I'm doing research on the best ways to keep chickens and trying to find a coop design I like and my husband can build. I like to have the coop up before I get any more.
     

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