Plymouth Barred Rock hens are dual-purpose chickens. They are meant for a small farm that has a backyard coop because they are really friendly and great with kids and these chickens lay eggs year-round. Barred Plymouth Rocks have a single comb and are heat and cold hardy.
Barred Rocks can be raised anywhere. Since they are a cold-hardy bird, they will continue to lay eggs in the winter months. This bared chicken breed is adaptable to confinement and free range. Even though these chickens hens handle confinement well, they prefer to roam free in the yard and are very good at keeping an eye out for predators and taking cover if they see one. You may think most chicken hens are good at this but most are not. Due to their adaptability, these smart and friendly rock chickens would be a wonderful addition to anyone’s backyard poultry flock.
They are excellent at laying large eggs. They lay 200-280 brown eggs per year. Their egg production is steady, even during the cold winter months. Barred Rocks have a yellow skin color. Sometimes the hens become broody, but they are good mothers. Baby Barred Plymouth Rock Chickens have a docile personality, which makes them nice birds to have around the backyard. The hen and rooster get along with others because they have a gentle disposition. They even get along with other pets. This breed has a good ability to forage.
This all-American chicken breed got its start in Worcester, Massachusetts. They were created in the 1860s by D.A. Upham. He developed the breed by crossing Black Java pullets with a single-comb barred rooster. Shortly after, Plymouth Rocks became one of the most common birds in America. Their popularity quickly spread throughout the United States. The birds even replaced the Dominique as the most common backyard chicken.