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Written by Carole

Barred Rock chickens are one of my favorite for being a friendly breed and a guaranteed egg layer. I do not own a rooster of this breed but I do own a hen. I call her Pepper because of her coloring.

Pepper, Barred-Rock hen

This breed is a dual-purpose breed meaning it is a good egg layer and also a good meat bird. There is another breed that is sometimes confused with this breed and that is the Dominiques or Dominikers.

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The way you can tell the difference between the two breeds is by their combs. The Dominikers have rose combs and the Barred Rock have a single comb. Rose combs are almost flat on top and very fleshy. The single comb stands up and has five or six points.
Some other qualities about the Barred Rock:

  • Lays large, brown egg
  • Very cold hardy
  • Dual purpose, weighing approx. 7.5 lbs. for the standard size
  • Adaptable to confinement or free-range
  • Friendly and easily handled

These are an excellent backyard chicken and I highly recommend adding them to any flock.

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13 Responses to “Chicken Breed Series #2–Barred Rock Chickens”

  1. Just wanted to say I’m thoroughly enjoying this series of posts! It’s so interesting to me (who knows oh-so-little about raising chickens!)

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  2. Thanks Jen for letting me know. It is always encouraging hearing from the readers.

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    Richard Reply:

    Carole,
    I recently purchases a dozen Barred Rocks. They are now 4 months old. The pupils of their eyes are yellow, as are the area around
    the pupils. Is this unusual? I’m worried since I had two Delawares
    and six brown sex-links prior to the Rocks. Most had quit laying (2 yrs old). When I butchered them, they all had plenty of yellow egg
    yolks in development, but none were being pushed out. Plus their
    livers were all yellow, not the normal dark red. I atributed the
    yellow livers to their bodies absorbing the yolks, but am worried about possible contamination causing jaundice. Since there was a very large rooster with the Delawares/Browns, I also wondered if he didn’t damage the hen’s oviduct. Is that possible?
    The Delawares and brown hens were free range. The Rocks are still
    in a pen for now.
    Any thoughts?

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  3. They are also very similar to the Scots Grey.
    http://farm4.static.flickr.com.....13f5_o.jpg
    The Scots Grey is on the right. We’ve got 5 hens and an SG chick running around our garden with the other chickens :)

    Bobs last blog post..Just how far are Google Maps going to go?

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    sarah Reply:

    these look like a plymouth rock

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  4. Bob, Thanks for sending over that beautiful picture of your chickens and commenting. I noted on the picture the comb on the hen I believe is a Pea comb so different than both of the others. I also noted you have a Silver Laced Wyandotte which is the breed I plan on featuring next. Thanks for visiting and commenting.

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  5. Unfortunately our SLW was had by a fox a couple of months ago along with a few other birds :(

    Bobs last blog post..Just how far are Google Maps going to go?

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  6. Comment from email subscriber Ed:
    She’s cute. She looks just like the one I have except all grown up. Aren’t you somewhere here in Fl? I have some chicks now, and if any of my salt and pepper chicks are roosters you are welcome to one if you are close enough to come get him. I don’t like to keep more than one rooster, anyway.

    I just learned a good way to get rid of scaly leg mites in case any of your readers would like to know. I have a hen that I just got that has it, and what you do is dip her feet for a few seconds all the way up to the feathers (but not on the feathers if you can help it) in clean motor oil. You do this once a week for three weeks in a row. This should kill the mites. You can also use Kerosene, but motor oil (fresh not used) clings a little better.

    Once you have done this you take a bit of 5% sevendust and sprinkle the floor of the cage and rub the perches with the 7dust and that should kill any mites in the pen. Won’t hurt the chickens.

    Carole: Thanks Ed, for the offer of the rooster. Right now my hen is old so is not laying anymore so no need for a rooster at the moment. Also thanks for sharing your tip for curing leg mites. I haven’t experienced this as yet but will keep this in mind if I do.

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  7. i love this type of chicken thanks for informing me on it

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  8. I’m getting these kind of chickens and you helped me learn about them more. The next chicken you should do is a Golden Comet!! :)

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  9. I love this particular breed because they are fun and playful, they lay good sized eggs on a regular basis and the roosters are very dominating…to the point of having a crowing contest with you. I loved mine.

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