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Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by henmommy, Nov 15, 2009.
Or isn't there?
Plymouth Rock is the breed (often people just don't say the Plymouth part, just call them Rocks); Barred is one of the colors it comes in. There are also white Rocks, buff Rocks, partridge, etc etc.
Plymouth Rock (chicken)
a Barred Rock hen as part of a small backyard flock
Conservation Status Recovering
Country of origin USA
Nicknames Barred Rock
Weight Male 8+ lbs.
Weight Female 7.5 lbs.
Skin Color Yellow
Egg Color Brown
Comb Type Single
Dual purpose breed
The Plymouth Rock, often called simply Rocks or Barred Rocks (after their most popular color), is a chicken breed that originated in the United States. The Plymouth Rock is a dual-purpose, cold-hardy bird and therefore makes a great breed for the small farm or backyard flock owner. These chickens are often called Plymouth Rocks, but this title correctly belongs to the entire breed, not just the Barred variety. There are seven varieties of Plymouth Rock chickens: barred, blue, buff, Columbian, partridge, silver-penciled and white.
Plymouth Rocks is what the actuall breed is called, barred is one of the color varieties of Plymouth Rocks.
So there are Barred Plymouth Rocks, White Plymouth Rocks, Buff Ply. Rocks, Partridge Plymouth Rocks, etc...
It it's just that most people don't use the Plymouth part when referring to the variety like patandchickens said, Most just say Barred Rock,White Rocks, Buff Rocks, ect..
The Plymouth Rock comes in 5 reconised colors they are the Barred, White, Buff, Silver Penciled, Partridge, Columbian and Blue..
Weight for Cocks 9 1/2 pounds and weight for hens 7 1/2 pounds.
The first cross and most prominent cross was that of a Dominique male with Black Cochin or Black Java female.. The Dominique male used was not the American or Rose Comb Dominique which became a standard in 1874, but a Single Combed, Hawk-colored fowl commonly found in that locality
Information from ASoP...
Here is a link to the Plymouth Rock club http://www.crohio.com/rockclub/
Same thing. A BR is a Plymoth Rock, but with Barred feathers.
Thank you all, most helpful!
Yup, barred is just a color pattern. Theres an owl I seen in the woods one time and it was called a Barred owl because it has the same color pattern on its back.
Check it out through Google, The Barred owl. Neat looking bird.
Except of course the barred owl is the species, whereas a barred plymouth rock is one variety of a breed (plymouth rock) of a species (chicken).