Friendly, Calm, Curious
Recognized Color Varieties
Our favorite standard breed, the Barred Plymouth Rock, Barred Rock for short, is distinguished by the black and white pattern that forms lines, or bars, through their feathers. However the Plymouth Rock comes in many varietals other than the Barred pattern. They are large and heavy with proportionate features, making them beautiful birds. Their bright red single comb and wattles provide great contrast to their feathers. Mated with a Rhode Island Red rooster, a Barred Rock hen's hatching eggs will produce a Black Sexlink.
Barred Rocks are incredibly pleasant birds to have in your flock. They are very smart, docile, and happy to be handled. The breed is content with confinement and very cold-hardy which makes them great for a small farm or backyard flock. Most importantly, they are friendly birds and are easily integrated into the family as pets. This is a great bird to have around children.
Though the Plymouth Rock's origin is unclear since so many individuals claimed its invention with various breeds, it's popularity was indeed widespread in America. It was accepted into the American Poultry Association's Standard of Perfection in 1874 and up until the 1920's it was the most extensively kept and bred chicken breed in America because of its hardiness, broodiness, ease of care, and use as a dual purpose chicken for both excellent meat and egg production.
Peak Egg Production
Excellent: Approx 280-300
Tolerant of Confinement
American Poultry Association