Why we like them: They are great backyard birds dedicated to delivering lots of brown eggs and have fairly calm temperaments when interacted with from a young age. Another great quality of the Barred Rock is that their "barring" plumage pattern allows the males and females to be differentiated at birth. The white dot on a female’s head is a defined spot while the male’s white dot is an undefined spot often running into his neck. The color of their legs and feet are also different as chicks. Male leg pigment is also lighter than his female counter part.
Feather Colors: Females look like they are black with white stripes and males appear to be white with black stripes. Females are overall darker than males due to having only one copy of the barring gene. Roosters have two copies providing them with more white in between the black bars, giving them their lighter appearance. Hens pass down a copy of the barring gene to their son only. The Cock passes down a gene to both his sons, and his daughters.
Egg Color/ Frequency: Gifts 5-6 large brown eggs a week
Personality: The Barred Plymouth Rock Chicken is an extremely hardy chicken that thrives in almost all conditions and climates in the United States. Under the right conditions they will continue to lay well throughout the winter. This bird is highly recommended for families. They can be tamed easily and are great for children wishing to handle the birds.
History: The Plymouth Rock Chicken is one of the older and most popular layers of brown eggs in the United States. The Barred Plymouth Rock, also known as the Barred Rock, is the most popular variety of the Plymouth Rock, and it is also one of the most popular brown egg layers for small farm and back yard chicken farming in the United States. The Barred Plymouth Rock was first shown in 1869, and it was one of the first to be admitted to the American Standard of Excellence in 1874. Barred Rock Chickens were created by crossing a male Dominique with a female Black Cochin or Black Java to produce a heavy variety of chicken with the plumage pattern and egg laying capabilities of the Dominique and the broodiness and docile temperament of the Black Cochin.
Barred Plymouth Rock
Most families are attracted to obtaining their chickens from us because we are completely different than the industry standards. Industry standard is to sex as accurately as possible and sell as pullets (female chicks) and force customers to accept a >10% chance of an accidental rooster without the ability to accept returns nor refunds. In addition, industry standard is to sell bantams (such as silkies) as straight runs only as vent sexing is not possible. We offer multiple sexing options. If you are not able to care for an accidental rooster our female coverage and DNA sexing options are a great value.
We provide as much information on our website as possible to ensure families make an informed decision based on their situation and lifestyle. Some breeds are more accurate in sexing and most families find our female coverage adequate in providing a free home for their accidental rooster ($50 savings) and issuing store credit in the amount of orginal purchased price. While other breeds or families with strong emotional attachments prefer to invest in DNA sexing.
If you are lucky enough to have a rooster, our male sexing option is a great way to save money on a wonderful breed.
Female Chick Coverage
Our female sexing coverage is designed for families that live within city ordinances that do not allow roosters or families wanting a free home for any accidental rooster. To qualify for rehoming, the rooster must be healthy. If the family decides to return the healthy rooster, a store credit in the amount of original purchase price is provided. As a family, you decide if you would rather return the healthy boy(s) for credit or if you have fallen in love with the boy(s) and prefer to keep him/them without credit.
Depending on the breed, sexing accuracy can range as low as 50% (bantam breeds such as Silkies), 90% (standard breeds) and as high as 97% (auto sexing breeds). To learn more about how we sex baby chicks based on breed and how you can sex as they age, View: How to Sex Chickens
Female sex covered chicks are eligible for our prorated life insurance.
DNA Sexed Female Chicks
For families that get emotionally bonded quickly and do not want to risk a future discovery of a rooster, we offer DNA sexing. DNA sexing is the only true accurate method of sexing baby chicks. You will receive laboratory results certifying 99.9% accuracy. DNA testing is a significantly higher financial investment. In most cases, it is 3x the cost as (1) female sex covered chick.
Our DNA sexed option is offered as "Next Available" or as a pre-order. Once enough chicks hatch and are available, we submit multiple chicks for testing for each DNA female chick ordered. The laboratory results can take 1-2 weeks after sample submission.
Time flexibility of order fulfillment is needed for this option. Once your order is ready, we communicate via text (to the number provided at checkout) that your order is ready for pick up. DNA sexed chicks need to be picked up or delivery arranged within 7 days of text. We are not able to extend free boarding. If exceeding 7 days, the original order will be forfeited. We are able to provide a store credit to allow reordering minus a $65 DNA testing fee.
DNA Sexed Female chicks are eligible for our prorated life insurance.
Balance accuracy with financial investment
The sexing decision is one that needs to be made at time of purchased and the original order cannot be altered once the order is fulfilled. It is important as a family to determine the right balance between sexing accuracy and financial investment for your family’s situation.