The Barred Rock was one of our original breeds. We chose them for their calm demeanor as well as their production. They are also cold hardy and manage well in the Southern Indiana winters. Our Barred Rocks are so sweet that our 4 year old can walk right up to them and pick them up! They have been used to being handled and having us around on a daily basis.
They love to get out in the yard and free range but always return to their roosts at sundown. These girls are a perfect pick if you are looking for some chickens for your backyard or coop. A great all around bird.
The Barred Rock is one of the all time popular favorites in this country. Developed in New England in the early 1800's by crossing Dominiques and Black Javas, it has spread to every part of the U.S. and is an ideal American chicken. Prolific layers of brown eggs, the hens are not discouraged by cold weather. Their solid plumpness and yellow skin make a beautiful heavy roasting fowl. Our strain has the narrow, clean barring so desirable in appearance. Their bodies are long, broad, and deep with bred-in strength and vitality. These chickens are often called Plymouth Rocks, but this title correctly belongs to the entire breed, not just the Barred variety. Whatever you call them, you can't beat them for steady, reliable chickens. Baby chicks are dark gray to black with some white patches on head and body.
A little History lesson about the breed: