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
White Plymouth Rock Chickens
We currently have 12 white plymouth rock chickens under our care on our homestead. Peanut is our favorite, not because of her egg-laying abilities, but because she is somewhat of a "runt." Because of this, we have looked out for her as she grew, and she is now the friendliest and cutest chicken of the ones we own. The rest vary but all in all, we are satisfied. We have 10 hens and we get about 8-ish cream colored or brown eggs per day. The hens are usually always friendly. We have two roosters and one has recently turned mean. It will crow if you are anywhere within "its" vicinity, and if you walk to close to it, it will try to flog you. Unfortunately, some roosters are just aggressive. Our white plymouth rocks are great foragers, and they mostly stay within our property while they are free ranging. They have also been taking the heat this summer with ease. We harvested four roosters earlier this year. While they were not huge birds, the taste was great. All in all, white plymouth rocks can make a great chicken breed for both egg-laying and meat birds, or even as pets..
From JessLeighPeck Sep 9 2016 3:59PM
Highly Contagious Chicks should be Vaccinated
If chicks are purchased from a hatchery they are usually vaccinated for Marek's before they are mailed to you or you are given the option of having them vaccinated. You can also purchase the vaccine and administer it to your chickens yourself or have a veterinarian that deals with fowl give the vaccine. Marek's is a highly contagious viral disease that causes a plethora of issues and there is no treatment. Some chickens will not be affected or show symptoms even if they have the disease. A vaccinated bird is capable of spreading the virus to other birds so all birds should be vaccinated. The virus can leave for months in a coop even if the affected chickens have been removed. .
From Mia B 157 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