Breed Guide: Plymouth Rock Chicken
The Plymouth Rock chicken, as the name suggests, was first bred in Massachusetts in the 1800s. It is an extremely popular dual purpose breed, having been raised for both its meat and for its large brown eggs. You can expect an average Plymouth Rock hen to lay around 200 eggs per year, or just under 4 eggs per week. The breed is also especially cold-hardy, making it a good choice for backyard chicken keepers in colder climates.
Part of the American class, Plymouth Rocks are friendly, docile birds that are great for raising with kids. They also tend to be broody, making them good for flocks with roosters if you plan to raise chicks.
The Plymouth Rock chicken comes in several different colors: Barred, White, Buff, Silver Penciled, Partridge, Columbian, and Blue. The Barred variety is the most prevalent variety for backyard chicken keepers in the United States and has a beautiful striped black and white feather pattern. The White Barred Rock has been a favorite for mass egg production, causing it to soar in popularity among industrial farms.
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