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.
Egg Laying: Very Good (4/wk)
Egg Color: Brown
Egg Size: Large
Comb Type: Single Comb
Feathered Legs: No
Number of Toes: 4
Suitability to Backyard Life:
Cold Hardiness: Hardy in winter
Heat Tolerance: Tolerates heat well
Bears Confinement: Bears confinement well
Especially Docile: Yes
Personality: Smart, plucky and docile
Read more about this breed in our Plymouth Rock, The Ultimate Guide blog.