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
Backyard Chickens - Plymouth Rock
The backyard chicken craze hit a little close to home when my mother-in-law announced she was getting three chickens. I was indifferent at first, working on the premise that I would have little-to-nothing to do with them. That idea proved to be little more than a fantasy as now, two years later, I help her tend to a flock of eight chickens. When you reluctantly enter into an arrangement that you hadn’t planned on being in, you’re quick to assess the pros and cons and pick your favorite, and certainly least favorite, chickens to deal with.
For me, the two White Plymouth Rock hens clearly stand out from the rest of the birds. Out of the five total breeds roaming around her back yard, Frick and Frack are the easiest and friendliest of the hens. They follow my mother-in-law around like a couple of puppies, come when she calls, and display a semblance of intelligence. I wouldn’t necessarily call them smart, but they are clever. They are also excellent foragers and enjoy all of the compost food. None of the chickens respond to me like they do her, but these two birds will at least follow me back to their house when I need them to and will not run off if something spooks them (unlike their Ameraucana friend who spent the night in the woods because of a concrete cat).
At first glance, I would say these chickens are a little high maintenance when it comes to their food. However, realistically I know that is a choice made by my mother-in-law. Frick and Frack get chicken feed, chicken treats (dry little worms that are so very unpleasant), food from the kitchen compost (kept separate so they don’t get fed anything bad for them), and their own broken egg shells (which is apparently good for them but I find it a little unsettling). I don’t believe all of this is really necessary, though it does add to the perception that feeding them is a bit of a hassle. My knowledge and routine is based off instructions given by the owner herself, so if you’re interested then I’d suggest looking into feeding habits because I don’t believe they’ll all sound so intimidating.
One of the best things about having chickens is, of course, the fresh eggs! There’s really nothing like opening the refrigerator and finding a carton of fresh, colorful eggs. The White Plymouth Rock hens are consistent layers of a medium size light brown egg. Even between the two birds there’s a slight difference in size and color. They taste great, though. Frick and Frack usually lay about four times per week (sometimes more) and throughout most of the year. There was a period of about two months where they didn’t lay at all.
Our climate around here consists of about two months of winter, one each of spring and fall, and the rest is a muggy summer. They are tough birds though, and handle the heat with no problem and manage just fine in the winter. They are housed with the Ameraucana chicken while the other five share a separate house. All eight birds share the yard and get along at varying degrees. The White Plymouth Rock hens never cause trouble, rarely get territorial, and don’t use the excuse of “Well everybody else is doing it!”
If I were to ever want chickens in my own backyard, I would most likely choose White Plymouth Rock hens..
From MelissaH May 31 2015 2:23PM
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