Barred Rocks have the designation as being the most popular chicken in the United States prior to World War II. They are large, long-lived, hardy, attractive, non-aggressive and docile dual-purpose birds that make wonderful additions to the coop. They were entered into the American Poultry Standard of Perfection in 1874. The Bloodline of our Barred Rocks can be traced back to around 1900. No new blood has been added to them, I have been told. One of the greatest breeders of Barred Rocks in history is Edward B. Thompson (1862 - 1928) of Amenia, New York. He made his first purchase of Barred Rocks in 1879, while still but a schoolboy. He won at Madison Square Garden Shows for 26 years straight. Can you imagine?!
My Barred Rocks have very yellow legs, not pale or whitish. I have been told this is a difficult trait to breed into your stock, once you lose it. E. B. Thompson bred for, "survival of the fittest," he wrote. I believe it is still in their blood. I have been amazed at these birds. I have found they eat very little feed, but prefer to forage. Honestly, they are great foragers! This strain is called, "Imperial Ringlets," coined after the ringlet like necklace of barring they presented with. We just love these birds, and think you would, too.
You must order a MINIMUM of 15 chicks. (you may mix and match breeds to bring your order total to 15 chicks)