Plymouth Rock Chicken: January Breed of the Month
Plymouth Barred Rock Chickens Are a Popular Dual-Purpose Option for Backyard Chicken KeepersPromoted by Brinsea
Breed of the Month: Plymouth Rock chicken
Origin: United States — Plymouth Rock chickens are said to be developed in Massachusetts after the Civil War, and were named for one of the state’s most famous landmarks. Plymouth Rocks are composites of several bloodlines. The Plymouth Rock was admitted into the American Standard of Excellence in 1874.
Standard Description: Plymouth Rock chickens are one of the most popular dual-purpose birds for backyard chicken keepers. They are friendly, cold-hardy birds that bear confinement but are happiest when free ranging.
Egg Color, Size & Laying Habits:
• Light to dark brown
• 4-5 eggs per week
Temperament: Especially docile
Hardiness: Cold hardy
Weight: Large Fowl: Cock (9-1/2 lbs.), Hen (7-1/2 lbs.), Cockerel (8 lbs.), Pullet (6 lbs.); Bantam: Cock (36 oz.), Hen (32 oz.), Cockerel (32 oz.), Pullet (28 oz.)
Popular Use: Eggs and meat
Comb Type: Single
Skin Color: Yellow
Promoted by: Brinsea
Testimonial from a Plymouth Barred Rock owner:
“Barred Rocks are one of my favorite chicken breeds. They are beautiful birds and they are one of the most friendly, personable, and inquisitive breeds I’ve met. I can always count on my Barred Rocks to be the first ones around when I’m shoveling dirt or turning over a log. They’re smart birds that make a great backyard addition.” – Pam Freeman, editor of Backyard Poultry magazine and owner of PamsBackyardChickens.com.
Pam Freeman, photos
American Standard of Perfection – Forty-Fourth Edition
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