Is this true on Plymouth Rock chickens ?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by JULIE L CORWIN, Jun 8, 2017.

  1. JULIE L CORWIN

    JULIE L CORWIN In the Brooder

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    Just read that white Plymouth Rocks develope a downy like feather under thier original feathers for winter to keep them warmer in winter. That if heat lamps are used. They don't develope this. Also they don't live that long. They can't keep up with the body growing and they just basically drop over and die. I realize chickens die from diffrent things. Do barred rocks do the same thing? How long do they live?
     
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  2. alexa009

    alexa009 Crossing the Road

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    I don't know if that is true. My Barred Rock is a year and very active. So is my white Plymouth rock. I have heard of barred rocks living up to 10 years.
     
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  3. Cindy in PA

    Cindy in PA Crowing

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    Are you sure you aren't thinking about Cornish cross meat birds? Never heard of white rocks being different from any other rocks.
     
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  4. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Free Ranging

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    Could you give a link to where you read that? I think Cindy nailed it, they are talking about the Cornish Rock, Conrish X, Cornish Cross (whatever you call them), a meat bird, totally different from regular Rocks.
     
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  5. sue25

    sue25 Songster

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    Thank goodness. I have 2 young barred rocks I hope they live for a long time.
     
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    sassysarah Crossing the Road

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  7. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Crossing the Road

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    All birds have a downy coat under the outer feathers. The issue with heat lamps is that the birds don't get acclimated to the cold weather, so if you have a lamp failure, or a power outage, they are at extra risk from the cold. Heat lamps are also a fire hazard. Can I ask why you are considering a heat lamp for cold weather? I'm in zone 4, and never use heat UNLESS, the weather has been below 0*F (which it sometimes does for days and weeks on end), AND my birds are showing signs of hypothermia: not eating as much (when they should be eating more) and not moving much. Ventilation is important in the coop in both the warmest and the very coldest weather.
     

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