Question on Barred Rocks

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by HoosierChickenMan, May 9, 2009.

  1. HoosierChickenMan

    HoosierChickenMan Out Of The Brooder

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    Okay, have aquestion on my Barred Rocks, I went to the henderson site and found no reference to my BR's, Is BR an offshoot breed or what? The reason I am asking is I would like to get all the info on them such as how good of a brooder are they and how good a mother they are....etc... Anyone got any answers? I would be very grateful!


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    Brian- HCM
     
  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    The breed is Plymouth Rock and the variety is barred. Maybe that's the problem. Hendersons lists Plymouth Rock. They are not a broody breed, generally, though there are rare exceptions. Breeder quality ones may brood more often than hatchery stock. I have raised them for years with none ever going broody.
     
  3. HoosierChickenMan

    HoosierChickenMan Out Of The Brooder

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    Cynthia,
    thanks for the reply so I take it they won't brood much, that is a bummer, next question What breed is best at brooding?

    Thanks,

    Brian- HCM
     
  4. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Probably the very best is a Silkie, but not all people like those and they are bantams. I'd say Cochins and Orpingtons are good brooders. Two of my three Buff Orps have gone broody and one of my Blue Orps has raised chicks.
     
  5. HoosierChickenMan

    HoosierChickenMan Out Of The Brooder

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    Bantams are the smaller variety correct? I am wanting full size that brood and lay the large eggs(preferably brown) sorry I should have been a wee bit more specific, sorry, but am new to this, well I had chickens when I was a kid 30 yrs ago lol!


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    Brian- HCM
     
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  6. SpringChickens

    SpringChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 1, 2009
    College Station, Tx
    Orpingtons lay large, brown eggs, and I believe Cochin do as well. Orpingtons are known for their great dispositions, and everyone I've ever talked to loves them. They may be a good choice for you.

    Yes, bantam are the smaller chickens. [​IMG]
     
  7. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    I would go with Orpingtons personally, since I am not too keen on feathered legs in general. I only have one bantam in my flock of 44 so I'm not a big bantam person, either.
     
  8. lockedhearts

    lockedhearts It's All About Chicken Math

    Apr 29, 2007
    Georgia
    Quote:Cochins lay anywhere from brown to barely tinted depending on the color of the hen. My Barred hen lays a large egg that is barely tinted, My Blue hens lay a milk chocolate colored egg.
     
  9. Davaroo

    Davaroo Poultry Crank

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    Don't sell off the BR's just yet, simply because of one generic, catch-all website. Chickens are not absolute things and the Plymouth Rock is not unheard of as a good brood hen. I had one that seemed to never leave the nest, for wanting to brood.
    I ended up calling her "Hokey Pokey": I'd toss her out, she'd get back in. I'd toss her out, she'd get back in...

    Imagine if the Plymouth Rock was indeed such a poor brood hen - would they have lasted as long as they did, long before our artificial methods came about?

    Much depends on the particular strain.
     
  10. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    I want to add that my friend, from whose flock some of my own BR hens came, has one broody BR. The hen has been broody many times, though none of her daughters that I own have ever felt the need. I think one thing that may be true is that the farther removed from hatchery stock you get, the more likely you are to have a broody BR. Hatchery birds are bred for egg production above all else.The BRs are my very best layers, right up there with my RIRs.
     

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