Chickens — Barred Plymouth Rock


Small Animal Barn, Canada Agriculture and Food Museum


This American breed was developed in the mid-nineteenth century and was first exhibited as the Plymouth breed in 1869. The first Plymouth Rock was barred, but other varieties developed later. The breed became popular very rapidly. In fact, until the Second World War, no breed was ever kept and bred as extensively as the Barred Plymouth Rock. Its popularity came from its qualities as an outstanding farm chicken: hardiness, docility, broodiness, and excellent production of both eggs and meat.

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