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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Plymouth Rock - Barred Rock Breed Information and Pictures


Plymouth Rock
Plymouth Rocks may just be the most popular breed in the US due to theri excellent egg laying and hearty frames that make for a good meal. They're also easy to tame and non-aggresive. what's not to like?

Plymouth Rock Qualities

Plymouth Rocks love to lay eggs, and you should love to collect them. Bred specifically for this purpose, they are a great choice for an egg farm. Since they are also very hearty birds, they make good fryers as well. This dual quality and ease of breeding have made them one of the most popular breeds in the United States, if not the most popular.


Plymouth Rock Temperament

It is very easy to tame a Plymouth Rock as they are rather friendly and calm. They get along extremely well with each other, even to the point that multiple roosters can co-exist in the same space without fighting and creating problems.


Plymouth Rock Appearance

Plymouth rocks are larger birds with nearly horizontal back lines that extend out to their moderately short tails, which are spread well in the roosters but tend to be a bit shorter in the hens. Speaking of the hens, they have a deep abdomen, characteristic of all good layers. The legs of both the males and females are bright yellow, as are the beaks, with red ear-lobes, eyes, and a single medium-sized comb. The most common colors are barred, white, and buff, with some varieties have a laced feather pattern.

Plymouth Rock Upkeep

Plymouth Rocks like to run, but they don't demand much space. Also, due to their heavy structures, they don't fly, meaning you don't need a fence to be too high to accommodate their needs. They don't need much to thrive, so are very easy to keep and breed.

Plymouth Rock History

Hailing from the American town of Plymouth, the Plymouth Rock was created to be a powerful egg layer. The breeder, Dr. Benneth, was able to produce the Plymouth Rock, originally named the Barred Plymouth Rock, by breeding Dominiques, Brahmas, Cochins, and Javas. It gained early recognition in the APA in 1874, later dropping the 'barred' portion of its name when white and buff-colored Plymouths were bred.

Plymouth Rock A popular chicken breed, Plymouth Rocks are also known as Barred Rocks. The breed was first developed in the U.S. in the mid-1800s to produce both meat and eggs. They come in eight recognized varieties: barred, white, buff, partridge, silver penciled, blue, Columbian and black. They are available in standard and bantam sizes.

Weight: 7 to 8 pounds
Urban Uses: Plymouth Rocks are good layers, producing four eggs per week. Tolerant of cold weather, they don’t mind confinement. They are also valued as meat birds.
Egg Size: Large (standard type)
Second Thoughts: These large chickens need a roomy coop to be comfortable.
Breed Association: Plymouth Rock Fanciers Club of America, American Poultry Association

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Plymouth Rock Barred Plymouth Rocks or "Barred Rocks", as they're called, are one of the most popular dual-purpose chickens on small farms today. Their heritage is unclear with reports of different crosses, but what is clear is that they're very friendly, great layers of large brown eggs and able to withstand cold weather quite nicely. Though they tolerate confinement, they're most happy when they get to range freely. All varieties of Plymouth Rock aside from the Barred and White varieties are relatively rare.

Recognized Varieties: Barred, White, Buff, Silver Penciled, Partridge, Columbian, Blue, Black Egg Laying: Very Good (4/wk)    Egg Color: Brown     Egg Size: Large Comb Type: Single Comb Crested: No     Feathered Legs: No     Number of Toes: 4 Hardy In Winter: Yes     Bears Confinement: Bears confinement well Especially Docile: Yes     Setter/Broody: Yes Personality: Smart, plucky and docile

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The Plymouth Rock, often called simply Rocks or Barred Rocks (after their most popular color), is breed that originated in the USA  The Plymouth Rock is a dual-purpose, cold-hardy bird and therefore makes a great breed for the small farm or backyard flock owner.

The Barred Rock is often called the Plymouth Rock, but this title correctly belongs to the entire breed, not just the Barred variety.

Plymouth Rocks are large, long-lived chickens. Some varieties are good layers while others are bred principally for meat. They possess a long, broad back; a moderately deep, full breast; and yellow skin and legs. The hens have a deep, full abdomen, which is a sign of a good layer. The face of a Plymouth Rock is red with red ear lobes, a bright yellow beak, bay-colored eyes, and a single comb of moderate size. Their feathers are fairly loosely held but not so long as to easily tangle. The chicken's bottom feathers are soft and downy, like baby chicks feathers.

In terms of temperament, both roosters and hens are calm and will get along well with people and other animals such as pets. The hens often will get broody if in the right environment, and are good mothers.

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