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Chicken Breed in Detail: Plymouth Rock


With so many chicken breeds it’s really worth presenting a couple of them in detail.

Today we want to introduce you a commercially relevant chicken from America. The Plymouth Rock Chicken (short Rocks) belong to those chicken breeds that have a lot of peculiarities and a good egg production during many years. So, meet the Rocks.

Have fun while reading.

Plymouth Rock

Plymouth Rock, photographed at a poultry exhibition
Plymouth Rock, photographed at a poultry exhibition

The commercial chicken Plymouth Rock comes from the US, being bred from the Dominicans, black Cochins and black Java chickens. Since 1874 it has been recognized as a chicken breed under the name of “Barred Rocks”. The race is considered to be particularly robust and undemanding. What may be suitable for families with children is an advantage of relatively easy taming of these chickens if you demonstrate necessary patience. The Plymouth Rock belong to the chicken breeds with several peculiarities. On the one hand, they have only one color variant, on the other hand, Plymouth Rock day-old chicks can already be distinguished in their gender. Just after hatching, roosters are distinguished by a white head patch, when hens don’t have it. Furthermore, they don’t have a great breeding instinct, what unfortunately makes hatching with an Plymouth Rock hen almost impossible. However, the eggs of this fast-growing chicken are well-suited for an artificial incubation. The Plymouth Rock quickly reaches sexual maturity in general.

Colors, Plumage and Body Shape

The body shape of this chicken is described as strong, middle long, middle high and stocky, with a broad back and a full, deep chest. The crest of the Plymouth Rock is a single comb with red wattles.

The belly of an Plymouth Rock hen is round, and the body shape resembles a bell.

The following color varieties are recognized:
  • striped

Other Facts:
Weight: Rooster 3-4kg, hen 2.5-3kg
Laying performance: up to 220 eggs/year
Eggs weight: Approx. 58g
Eggshell color: Brown to brownish yellow
Ring size Rooster 22, hen 20

And as always, in the end, we offer a few informative and helpful links about the Plymouth Rock. Unfortunately, this time I couldn’t find any reference books about Plymouth Rock. If you know such books, we’d love to read about them in your comments.

In our first YouTube video you will find recordings of standard Plymouth Rock at a poultry exhibition in Weil. In the second film, you will observe the dwarf variant of Plymouth Rock.

We found our information in the German source, but also in the English one given below:

www.aviculture-europe.nl/nummers/09E01A07.pdf Indiez.de Sonderverein der Amrocks-und Zwerg-Amrockszüchter Huehner.npage.at

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