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Barred Rocks

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by MrRushed, Nov 28, 2010.

  1. MrRushed

    MrRushed Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Doese anyone harvest Barred Rocks?
    I have a huge Rooster (Sinbad) and some very plump hens I would like to use as breading stock, if it would be worth it.

    any help would help.
     
  2. BarkerChickens

    BarkerChickens Microbrewing Chickenologist

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    Barred Rocks are a great dual purpose breed. They have great personalities to keep around as pets, quite self-sufficient, great layers and full-bodied enough for meat.
     
  3. speedy2020

    speedy2020 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They are great and large bird so try to keep the largest one for breed. You may end up cull the small one when you have a lot.
     
  4. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    Consider that Barred Plymouth Rocks were one of the heritage breeds used in the beginnings of America as dual purpose, self sufficiency type chicken breeds. [​IMG] They're very large, plump, and meaty, and a good choice. . . . When NOT from a hatchery. Yes, hatchery-related Barred Rocks are still good birds, but don't expect them to be very meaty like the original heritage type. Hatchery bred Barred Rocks are actually bred solely for production now, not dual purposes. If you want to get some big birds with a good lifespan and still a good number of eggs, I'd suggest looking for true to type heritage breeders' stock. [​IMG]
     
  5. BarkerChickens

    BarkerChickens Microbrewing Chickenologist

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    Quote:I agree with this 100%!!
     
  6. Cargo

    Cargo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ahhh... But from where?
     
  7. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    If you look in the breeds/genetics/showing section, there's a thread on Heritage Large Fowl breeds, plenty of Barred Rock breeders there. There's also another thread on Good Shepard Poultry, a heritage Barred Rock breeder. Also plenty of talk on that thread.

    I believe BYC users kathyinmo and yard full o rocks breed and sell heritage Rocks. [​IMG]
     
  8. pat3494

    pat3494 Out Of The Brooder

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    This weekend I butchered 3 Barred Rock and 2 Cornish, all Roos. They all came from McMurray. The Barred Rocks looked substantially bigger but once plucked, the Cornish were noticeably meatier and produced a nicer carcass. They were all 22 weeks old. The BRs were tall and rangy. That's been my limited experience.
     
  9. MrRushed

    MrRushed Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My Barred Rocks came from a hatchery also, they look nice and plump. I'm going to check out the haritage breeds for my meaties.
    Thanks for the advice guys and girls.
     

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