Plymouth Rocks are as beautiful and productive as they are easy to care for as part of your flock. In 1620, a travel-weary band of pilgrims set foot on Plymouth Rock. Years later, an ideal backyard chicken breed was named in honor of that famous site. They link the flock owner with American history while yielding abundant eggs and tasty meat, making them one of our best selling breeds. In bygone days, when nearly every farm had a chicken flock, these birds’ utility and beauty made them the breed of choice.
Partridge Plymouth Rock
Partridge Plymouth Rock combines all of the excellent utility traits and hardiness of other Plymouth Rocks with the intricate pattern known as Partridge. Like other Plymouth Rocks, they have a gentle temperament and are good egg layers and grow to a large size, making them excellent dual-purpose chickens. Hens lay approximately 200 large brown eggs a year. Upon maturity, they will weigh six to seven pounds. The males feature dark red hackle and saddle feathers with a black tail and breast. In contrast, the female’s feathers are a rich mahogany brown delicately marked with two to three concentric black bands known as penciling. The feather pattern is even more stunning upon close examination. As chicks, they will have dark brown heads with dark brown stripes on their backs. They will have brown legs and beaks.
Barred Plymouth Rock
Few birds are as stunning as a flock of Barred Plymouth Rocks strolling across a summer lawn. With a New England heritage, they do not let January’s blizzards interrupt laying. They will lay approximately 250 large brown eggs a year, and adults weigh five to six pounds. Barred Plymouth Rock chicks have black down feathers with yellow on their belly, head, chin, and wings. They will have dark beaks and legs.