Barred Rock - Males
The Barred Plymouth Rock became popular very rapidly, and in fact, until World War II, no breed was ever kept and bred as extensively as these birds. Its popularity came from its' qualities as an outstanding farm chicken: hardiness, docility, broodiness, excellent production of brown eggs, and meat that was considered tasty and juicy. The Plymouth Rock was one of the foundation breeds for the broiler industry in the 1920's.
Plymouth Barred Rock cockerals grow to 9 ½ pounds. Temperament is calm and the birds are cold-hardy with early feathering. This chicken has a bright red single comb, face, wattles, and earlobes. The comb of this breed has five evenly serrated points with those in the front and rear shorter than those in the middle. The plumage should have feathers that are crossed by sharply defined, regular, parallel bars of alternate light (short of positive white) and dark (short of positive black) color. The barred color pattern is due to a dominant sex-linked gene. This gene does not add dark bars to light feathers but prevents pigment on colored plumage, thus creating light bars on dark feathers. The male carries 2 copies of the gene and the female only carries one copy, which is why the males are usually lighter in color than the females.
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