Barred Plymouth Rocks

photoUp there with Rhode Island Reds, Barred Plymouth Rocks are a chicken that you will see in the majority of backyard flocks. Though this is not too surprising considering their tolerance of small spaces, their docile nature, and their eye-catching plumage. These birds were the first variety of the Plymouth Rocks, and are commonly referred to as Barred Rocks, Plymouth Rocks, or even just plain old Rocks. They are not very good fliers, and have an interesting feather between both males and females, shown in detail here.

  • Appearance:
    • Male: Featuring the barred lines of white and black on their whole body, Barred Plymouth Rock roosters often have very elegant looking sickles that even more accentuate the barred pattern. Roosters of this breed tend to be more laid back than others. Higher quality birds have narrower, and very distinct bars, same goes for females.
    • Female: As usual the same as males without the sickle the Barred Plymouth Rock hen also subject to the interesting pattern that forms when the feathers line up in certain ways, appearing as individual as a fingerprint.
    • Face: Red
    • Comb: Single
    • Earlobes: Red
    • Skin color: Yellow
    • Beak color: Yellow
    • Eyes: Red-orange
    • Legs: Yellow
  • Weight: Rooster-9.5 Hen-7.5 Cockerel-8 Pullet-6*
  • Purpose: Dual-purpose
  • Origin: America
  • Common: Extremely
  • Egg color: Light brown, possibly with a pink tinge
  • Egg size: Large
  • Eggs a week/year: about 4 eggs a week, and 200 a year.
  • Broody: Not very often*
  • Confinement: Great with smaller spaces, but they do like to be able to run around.
  • Compatibility: They get along well with other chickens, and tend to be lower in the pecking order.
  • Hardy: Generally cold hardy because of their weight, but not as tolerant of the heat for the same reason.
  • Bantam: Yes*
  • Personality: Typically mellow, and easily tamable, Barred Plymouth Rocks are an "Average Joe" of a chicken.
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A good combination of egg-laying, visual appeal, and ease of keeping, it's no secret of why this is such a common choice.

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