Day Old Barred Plymouth Rock Bantam Chicks
Hatching January to August.
The Bantam Rock is a scaled down version of the large fowl. In the United States, Bantam is used to refer to any of the breeds that are miniature versions of standard fowl, or varieties which only come in small sizes. The Bantam Rock cock should weigh in at 36 Oz. (3 lb.), while the hen will tip the scales at 32 Oz. While one third the size of the Large Fowl, the Bantam hen can produce 200-250 lovely brown tinted eggs per year which are half to three quarters the size of their large fowl counterparts.. Rock Bantams will go broody enough that a flock can be maintained without an incubator, but they are generally good layers and don’t brood too often. Both egg production and tendency to set eggs will vary by strain.
APA Class : Single Comb Clean Legged Class
Bantam Barred Rocks were recognized in 1940, Blue, Buff, Columbian, Partridge, and Silver Penciled in 1960 and Black in 1990. Black is not recognized in the large fowl. I have heard that Barred Rock Bantams were developed from a large fowl sport carrying a dwarf gene. This gene was selected for and a bantam version was finally arrived at.
Another commercial role of the Rock Bantam is to provide capes and saddles for the fly fishing industry.
A beautiful black and white barred bantam. Lays a brown egg. Weight: Female 32 oz. Male 36 oz.
Barred Plymouth Rock Bantams
by Kirk Keene
Ask any Plymouth Rock fancier and he will answer "Plymouth Rocks, of course!"
Plymouth Rock bantams are familiar at poultry shows, winning top honors around the world. At home in the show coop or free ranging around the yard, Plymouth Rock bantams are a package of versatility. Adorned with a medium sized single comb, the Plymouth Rock is composed of gradual angles and rounded features. A leading breeder once described the Plymouth Rock shape "…as similar to a gravy boat." This overall balance helps make the Plymouth Rock a stylish and aesthetic living portrait.
Plymouth Rock bantams are not only beautiful, but are useful as well. With males weighing between 32-36 oz., and females weighing between 28-32 oz., these full-breasted birds can provide a tasty meal plus an abundance of good sized light brown eggs. If allowed to set, the females make great mothers.
If you like a variety of colors, the Plymouth Rock bantam is found in eight recognized varieties, including Barred, Black, Buff, Columbian, Partridge, Silver Penciled and White. The Plymouth Rock bantam is a very hardy breed, able to endure harsh Northern winters and sweltering Southern summers. Equally popular across the United States, Plymouth Rocks are truly an adaptable breed.
Perhaps their most endearing quality is their personality. Easy to tame as chicks, Plymouth Rocks are naturally calm birds. They make exceptional 4-H, FFA, or Showmanship projects for kids.
For those interested in the exhibition of their Plymouth Rock bantams, this breed is fortunate to have the backing of a strong organization. The Plymouth Rock Fancier’s Club was organized in 1973 to promote both large and bantam Plymouth Rocks. Special, State, District and National meets are held across the nation, bringing forth the cream of the competition.Plymouth Rock Fancier’s Club members receive a quarterly newsletter and are eligible for club sponsored awards. To join the Plymouth Rock Fancier’s Club, contact the secretary. The Plymouth Rock is backed worldwide with breed clubs in Australia, Great Britain and Canada. Even though this breed is an American creation, the Plymouth Rock is loved and admired around the world.
Standard Weights: Rooster 36 oz, Hen 32 oz, Cockerel 32 oz, Pullet 28 oz