Started Barred Plymouth Rocks
These are all Marek's vaccinated females.
The Barred Plymouth Rock was the first variety of Plymouth Rocks created and one of the most intricately marked of all varieties of poultry with every feather requiring a set of parallel, straight, and even bars from the base of the feather to the very tip. This is a cold-hardy heritage breed and a great dual-purpose breed. Do you want an American classic that is hardy and reliable? If so, this is the breed for you!
Production: Plymouth Rocks lay a large egg that varies in color from light to medium brown with a touch of pink. The birds continue laying throughout the winter but with decreased production unless artificial lighting is presented to extend the day length. The amount of eggs laid is dependent upon the strains of the birds. They are known as a "dual-purpose" breed for both meat and egg production.
Temperament: The Barred Plymouth Rocks are docile and not the aggressive type. They are a quiet breed and great for subdivisions or city settings. The hens still have the natural instinct to go broody, hatch, and mother her own clutch.
History: The first "Plymouth Rocks," were created in 1811 by crossing a Dominique and a Black Java chicken. They were exhibited at the first poultry show in Boston, Massachusetts by Dr. John Bennett in 1849. The breed was becoming quite popular in the United States as an all-American breed during this time. In 1870, the breed was recorded as having 'Dominique' plumage - the American term for barring or cuckoo color at the time. Breeders at this time were working on different strains and the modern Plymouth Rock had several different origins in order to perfect the breed. In 1874, the Barred variety was recognized in the American Standard of Excellence.
Colors: Both cockerels and pullets will have alternating bars of white and black as juveniles and adults. At four weeks of age, they will have some down feathering with their pigmented plumage starting to feather in more evenly.
Livestock Conservancy Status: Recovering
Body Type: Their bodies are long, deep, and broad and both genders have an upright carriage as they age, full breast, and yellow skin and legs.
Standard Weights: Rooster 9.5, Hen 7.5 lbs, Cockerel 8 lbs, Pullet 6 lbs. Started Birds will weigh significantly less.
Classification: American Poultry Association Class: American