My dad knows this guy who has a whole flock of 18 barred rock chickens (1 rooster and 17 hens). He wants to give away all of them for free! And so since we have room, and we've never had barred rocks before, we are planning on getting a pair of hens. I've read a lot about introducing new birds to a flock (like Buff Hooligan's page). If we do get a pair of hens, even though the guy says they are healthy and young, we will put them in our dog kennel (which has an extra, small coop in it that we sometimes use). All of them are around 1 year old and are said to be healthy and in good condition, but just in case one has a disease or mites/lice, we don't want to spread anything bad to spread to our original flock. So, I want to know what you guys think about barred rocks. Are they good egg layers? Do they tend to go broody a lot? What's their usual behavior? etc etc etc... I know that behavior and characteristics vary from chicken to chicken, but I'm curious to see what everyone says about them. I know that they are very beautiful, in my opinion, and they are hardy in pretty much all seasons. Feel free to share your experiences, pictures, advice, opinions, etc. about barred rocks. Thanks!