Plymouth Rock

The Plymouth rock is a very popular breed in the United Kingdom and the United States of America. It is a friendly, hardy, dual purpose breed, which was originally used to produce commercial broilers. This breed demonstrates great mothering skills and on average produces 160-180 eggs per year. Due to these qualities, the Plymouth is an ideal bird for beginners.

Plymouth Rocks are large, long-lived chickens and there are many varieties. Some varieties are good layers while others are bred principally for meat. They have a long, broad back with a moderately deep, full breast. Their skin and legs are yellow. The face of a Plymouth Rock is red with red ear lobes, a bright yellow beak, bay-coloured eyes, and a single comb of moderate size. Their feathers are fairly loosely held but are not so long as to easily tangle. The hens usually make good mothers, have a deep, full abdomen (which is a sign of a good layer) and may show broodiness.

Plymouth Rocks tame quite easily because they are generally not aggressive. However, some males and females are big and active enough to be quite a problem if they become aggressive.

Breeders should be aware of the standard weights for the breeding pen. Characteristics to avoid when considering breeding include a shallow breast, small or narrow birds and birds with high tails.

Classification

Soft feather – heavy

Appearance

Barred (white with bluish tinge), black, buff, Columbian(restricts black pigmentation to neck striping, wing markings and tail) and white.

Average Weight

Cock 3.4 – 4.3 Kg
Hen 3.0 – 3.4 Kg
Cockerel 3. 65 Kg
Pullet 2.7 Kg

Bantam Variety Plymouth Rock

Rooster 1.4 Kg
Hen 1.2 Kg

Egg Colour

Brown & cream/tinted