Plymouth Rock or Barred Rock ChickensFebruary 9th, 2011 at 14:43
Plymouth Rock Chickens Most Common Colour Is The Barred Rock Chicken.
Plymouth Rock Chicken Background & Appearance.
The Plymouth Rock is an American breed of chicken, bred in the mid 19th century at New England. There’s a difference between the British type and the US type, as the chicken is taller and a different shape in the UK.
The breed is also known as the Barred Rock Chicken after their most common colour. Further colours have divided this breed, available colours are barred, columbian, buff columbian, partridge and blue laced.
In the US the barring is generally broader than that seen in the UK. Cocks should have equal barring of black and white, the hens generally tend to have the black bars wider.
These birds are ‘long-livers’ and are very tolerant of cold weather. They have a large well rounded breast and yellow legs. Their faces are red and are topped off with a single medium sized comb.
Caring For Your Plymouth Rock Chickens.
The Rocks placid nature makes them an ideal bird for a confined space, but if you can give them the space to free range, they love foraging around. Like most of the larger breeds, Rocks are too heavy to attempt flying so the runs fencing can be kept to a couple of feet.
All of the colour variations would make good pet chickens and a great choice if you’re just starting out as a chicken keeper.
They are such a friendly bird and so tolerant of each other, that if you have a large flock and the space for them to roam, you could even consider getting more than one cock.
Plymouth Rocks, Egg Laying & Broodiness
Rocks lay a large number of cream eggs (which appear to have a slight yellowish tinge). The eggs are large and you can expect 250 per year from a good layer. The hens lay on through the winter albeit with lower production.
Plymouth Rocks like most soft-feathered large birds do get broody, so if you don’t wish to breed ensure you collect the eggs regularly.
However for the breeders out there, they make excellent sitters and even better mothers. If you want to take the first steps into raising chickens, then this is an ideal bird as you won’t have to worry about using other brooders or incubators.
The chicks feather up very quickly and will make excellent pets for children, even cockerels if constantly picked up will make a good pet.
Plymouth Rocks Or Barred Rock Chickens, Are A Very Amenable Bird. They’re A Great Chicken For The Novice Keeper And Novice Breeder.
Heres some more information on Plymouth Rock chickens in the video…
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