Large, heavy (7-8 lb).
Barred, White Buff, Silver, Penciled, Partridge, Columbian, Blue, Black
Barred Rocks and White Rocks are common. All other varieties are rare.
Dual-purpose, meat and eggs.
History, Origins, and About the Breed
The Plymouth Rock chicken has a long history in the United States. Barred Plymouth Rocks were first shown at a poultry show in Boston in 1829. They have been called "America's Favorite Breed." Barred Rocks, as they're often called, have long been a favorite breed on small family farms, backyards and homesteads. They are the most common variety, although White Rocks are fairly common as well.
Plymouth Rocks have a docile, friendly nature and do well even when confined, although they will be happier if they can freely roam.
These are winter-hardy birds.
They are good mothers, but not often broody.
Very good (around 4 eggs/week).
This Breed May Be Right For You If…
You are a homesteader or small-scale diversified farm, you have small children and want a friendly and docile breed, and/or you live somewhere with cold winters. If you want a dual-purpose breed for meat and eggs, Plymouth Rocks will serve you well.