Other common names: Barred Plymouth Rock; Barred Rock; White Rock; Rock
The Plymouth Rock standard chicken was the creation of D.A. Upham of Worcester, Massachusetts. According to the Plymouth Rock Fanciers Club of America, "The year was 1869, and the terrible struggle that had almost destroyed a Nation was finally over...and the infant purebred poultry industry was not unaffected. For years, the massive Asiatics had been the rage. Close-feathered Orientals, and flighty Mediterraneans had also been tried, but the American people wanted more. They wanted a breed that represented their ideals and expectations. They wanted a breed that had superior economic qualities, yet maintained a regal character. The breed that would emerge from this era would become the Plymouth Rock."
Types: Bantam, Largefowl
Varieties (Single Comb): Barred, Black, Blue, Buff, Columbian, Partridge, Silver Penciled, White
Uses: Eggs, Meat
Bantam: 32 - 38 oz
Largefowl: 7.5 - 9.5 lbs
Personality: The Plymouth Rock is a good natured chicken, that tends to be very social. They make a great choice for those desiring a friendly backyard hen.
Preferred climate: Any
Handles confinement: Yes
Egg production: Very Good (4/week)
Egg color: Brown
Egg size: Extra Large
What else you should know:
The Plymouth Rock, also comes in a feather variety known as the frizzle. Frizzled fowl have feathers that curl upwards. When breeding Frizzles, it is best to breed a frizzle feathered Frizzle to a non-frizzled feathered Frizzle. This helps prevent chicks from getting two of the frizzle feather gene, which results in brittle feathers.
easy going chickens, cold tolerant, Good Starter bird, classic multipurpose chicken, suburbia
tad territorial, little bossy, dominant hen type, small child
good brood hens, Barred Plymouth Rock, Silver Penciled variety, terrific maternal instincts, good hunters
Maggie Smith Queen of the Chickens
Maggie came to us picked out of a plethora of feed store chicks. I knew that I wanted Plymouth Barred Rock. I think they are attractive looking birds with black and white barring. If you have more than one though, it can be difficult to tell them apart. She is the HBIC (head bird in charge) and the eldest hen. Even at her age and two molts, she still manages to lay a couple eggs a week. She has never gone broody, so if you're looking for that, I wouldn't count on this breed. I'm ready to move on from her, even though she is a part of our original gang, but my husband wants to keep her forever. She's very bossy and lazy. She gets to eat first in our flock of 12, and never jumps the fence. If you like the look of this breed, you may also enjoy the personality. Plymouth barred rocks are pretty independent bossy ladies, often rising to the top of the pecking order, while also loving their caregivers. I had one barred rock that would try and lay an egg next to me while I would be sitting on the patio. Pretty hilarious. .
From Paigeioli Dec 27 2018 4:07PM
Barley is fine for chickens, but not great. If your focus is high production egg-laying, barley should only be used in addition with other, more nutritionally dense grains. It has a high fiber content, which chickens can't digest, as well as comparatively lower protein and fat contents. .
From abirose 501 days ago
Just plain mean
My sister-in-law bought 25 Barred Rock chickens to raise as a 4-H project. She soon discovered it was more than she could handle and all of the chickens ended up at my place.
I'll never own Barred Rocks again. They were incredibly mean. I was constantly pecked and flogged. They were quickly turned into Sunday dinners just to get rid of them. They are large chickens, so they do make good meat producers.
Interestingly, I've had White Plymouth Rocks in the past and have had no similar problems with them..
From katsglass Jul 21 2015 4:31PM