Barred Plymouth Rocks lay medium brown colored eggs and are dual-purpose. They are one of America's oldest and most popular breeds. These foragers are self-reliant, very quiet and friendly. As babies, they are black with white patches on their heads and bodies. When mature they are black and white barred in color. Male hackle feathers are used for fish fly tying. Their typical weights are 5 lbs. for females and 6 lbs. for males.
Safe Handling Instructions:
It is important to care for and love your new poultry, but you must also protect yourself. Salmonella, a common cause of food borne illness, can be spread by direct contact with animals that carry the bacteria.
Some Safe Handling Tips are:
- Avoid contact with poultry manure. Adults should clean cages frequently.
- Carefully and thoroughly wash hands with soap and warm water after handing anything in the chicks environment.
- Do NOT nuzzle or kiss your chicks, ducklings, turkeys, etc.
- Keep poultry outside, and especially out of areas where food is prepared.
- Supervise children when handling poultry, and ensure they wash their hands after contact. Children under 5 years of age and people with weakened immune systems should not handle poultry.