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Barred Rocks VS. Rhode Island Reds

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by ChirpChickens, Dec 31, 2013.

  1. ChirpChickens

    ChirpChickens Songster

    Dec 31, 2013
    Over the past couple years we have been kinda experimenting with different kind of chickens. We have had our barred rocks for almost 3 years and still have some from that batch. This year we just got rhode island reds. From what we've seen, our barred rocks we've had for years have not disappointed us with an egg supply, while our dozen reds have never given us the amount they should have. The barred rocks seem to have a better personality which is actually why we've kept them this long..(we raised them mainly for meat) Both batches/breeds had the same amount of attention but the reds seem to be a more grumpy breed. It's been kinda interesting comparing the two and for future reference I will get the barred rocks instead. I would also recommend this to my friends and all of you![​IMG]

  2. Egghead_Jr

    Egghead_Jr Crowing

    Oct 16, 2010
    NEK, VT
    I never minded the Reds and mine would squat for me and come running when I called but do know they are rough on new to flock birds. We went with the Rocks as a sole breed to keep due to the milder temper too. They lay less eggs than the Reds but have more meat so when culling cockerels each year that's a bonus.
  3. Chickie Momma

    Chickie Momma Songster

    Mar 12, 2013
    Carrollton, Georgia
    The Reds are def harder on new to flock birds. Even if they are roos! I had to rescue a silkie roo only 4 weeks younger than the reds...I will not get reds again. Looking forward to getting rocks in the spring with some other pretties :) I do love my chickens!

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