Which hatchery carries the most productive Barred Rock hens?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Green Ridge MO, Jan 10, 2010.

  1. Green Ridge MO

    Green Ridge MO Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 8, 2010
    Green Ridge, Missouri
    I am only interested in egg production and wondered how someone knew which hatchery had the most productive line of barred rock hens. Does anyone know if any studies have been done on breeder stock of sex-linked birds? I would assume that many black sex link layers come from fairly productive barred rock hens and are crossed to a genetically positive traited RIR. But, I have never heard much about these parent stock. Is there a line of barred rock that say has Hendrix genetics or Hyline genes directly in line?
  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    I wish I knew the answer to that question.

    I had some barred rocks from McMurray that were flighty and didn't lay too well.

    I have a BR from Ideal at present and she only misses once a week and she is so extremely gentle and LOVES to be held. I won't get rid of her even if she quits laying, she's that good.

    All that said, you can't beat a black sex link for egg laying, she outdoes my pearl white leghorn hands down. She has missed only 3 days since October 1st. She is an egg laying machine.
  3. Criskin

    Criskin Lost somewhere in a book

    I have a couple of BR hens from Cackle. They both started laying at 21 weeks and have laid an egg almost every day since.
  4. Green Ridge MO

    Green Ridge MO Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 8, 2010
    Green Ridge, Missouri
    thanks, any more
  5. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Generally, hatchery BRs are fabulous layers. I have two older hens from Ideal, 4 years old. They are both still laying several eggs a week at that age. I have two hens whose mothers came from McMurray (owned by someone else) and they are good layers, too, at 3 years old.
  6. Dustin Biery

    Dustin Biery Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 4, 2007
    Mulberry, Arkansas
    THe only hatchery BR I have had came from Ideal and they were great layers.
  7. noriko

    noriko Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 9, 2008
    N E Pennsylvania
    I've just ordered 6 BR chicks(1 roo and 5 pullets) & 10 Welsummer chicks from Cackle Hatchery yesterday. I've been reading about the thread of BR and Welsummer....and I just couldn't resist getting them. I've sold all of my silkies (I miss them!) but, I'm pretty sure I'll enjoy with my new chicks who will be here in middle of March. Noriko.

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