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Barred Rocks
2014 Delivery Dates
Catalog Number Description 1-5 6-15 16-24 25-49 50-99 100 or more How Many
BARC Males $2.11 $1.86 $1.76 $1.52 $1.45 $1.34
BARP Females $3.22 $2.97 $2.90 $2.73 $2.67 $2.57
BARS Straight Run $2.82 $2.57 $2.50 $2.35 $2.32 $2.28
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Availability Display below is for the next several hatches. This breed is available for future dates. You can pick the date during the check out process. Green: available. Blue: limited availability. Red: not available.
Quick Stats
Type: standard
Class: American
Egg Color: brown
Egg Size: large
Egg Production: excellent
Meat Production: excellent
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Heat Tolerance: good
Cold Tolerance: excellent
Disposition: better
Weeks to Maturity: 20
Freerange: better
Skin Color: yellow
Feather Color: black
Comb Type: single
Likely to sit on eggs: not very likely
Bird Size: large
Exotic: no
Leg Style: clean
Head Style: regular
Male Mature Weight: 9.5 lbs
Female Mature Weight: 7.5 lbs
ALBC Priority: recovering

The Barred Rock is one of the all time popular favorites in this country. Developed in New England in the early 1800's by crossing Dominiques and Black Javas, it has spread to every part of the U.S. and is an ideal American chicken. Prolific layers of brown eggs, the hens are not discouraged by cold weather. Their solid plumpness and yellow skin make a beautiful heavy roasting fowl. Our strain has the narrow, clean barring so desirable in appearance. Their bodies are long, broad, and deep with bred-in strength and vitality. These chickens are often called Plymouth Rocks, but this title correctly belongs to the entire breed, not just the Barred variety. Whatever you call them, you can't beat them for steady, reliable chickens. Baby chicks are dark gray to black with some white patches on head and body.



As a reminder, to help ensure a safe arrival to you, the minimum number of chicks for each order prior to April 1st is 25. On and after April 1st, the minimum number of chicks required is 15. You can mix and match any type of baby chick in your order to reach the applicable chick minimum order. If ordering any bantams, we require a minimum of 15 bantams per order.
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Customer Product Reviews
We ordered our Barred Rocks along with our Black Australorps last year. We hand raised them so that they would be social. Today the chickens are doing great and are as social as ever. We will be ordering a batch of ducklings this year. Thank you Murray McMurray Hatchery for starting our path as backyard farmers/.... Geoff
Hi, the post office called at 6:30 Monday morning that the chicks were at the post office. I picked them up at 7:00 and placed them in their cage after wetting their beaks and then putting their beaks in medicated chick feed. Since this is July in Oklahoma, I don't have worry about them getting cold. They are doing well.
product review This is our family's first time raising chickens. The chicks we received were all healthy and have grown into beautiful birds that have quickly become part of our family. As you can see chickens do sometimes like to cuddle. This is our Barred Rock, Zebra, who comes running when our son is around. Thanks Murray McMurray for the wonderful experience this has brought to our family. -The Hudsons
I ordered 8 barred rocks and 7 red star chicks. We arranged a date for them all to arrive at the same time. The post office made a special delivery on a Sunday for me and 15 healthy, bright eyed, and energetic chicks arrived at our door. They are very active and already eating/drinking. I will definitely order from McMurray Hatchery again.
I highly recommend this company!!!! I ordered 15 birds, eight different breeds. 2 of them were barred rocks. All 15 birds have lived! This is the best company ever to order chickens from! I absolutely love this company so much! Thank you Murray McMurray for doing an amazing job! The other breeds I order were Black Stars, Single Comb Brown Leghorns, Rhode Island Reds, Silver-laced polish, Columbian Wyandottes, Buff Orpingtons and Speckled Sussexs. They all arrived healthy and are all healthy still. Thank you again!!
These are some, if not the best chickens we ever had, great layers, friendly with people, and great plumage. Our hens were never broody so that made grabbing the eggs a whole lot easier!
Every year we buy 200-400 chicks and we are always happy with them. Murray McMurray is the only place we would buy our chicks. Thank you.
I got 4 barred rocks with an order Oct. 1st 2013 and one of the girls is just the sweetest chicken. she follows me around wanting to be petted. If I sit down she will jump in my lap. she is a great pet. I don't think she wants to be eaten, lol. I got first egg March 5th. I got different breeds so I don't know who laid it but today, five days later, I got two eggs in two different nest. McMurray is the best.
My 10 Barred Rocks came in perfect shape! Happy little critters, and I have to say how impressed I am with the shipping speed and care taken to protect them. A+ job
Phone rang at 7::30 am. this Monday morning, Apr 1st,2013. Postal office said our box of baby chicks arrived today. Drove to Brierfield and loaded the box of baby chicks in my wife's auto. Arriving home, we opened the secure shipping box and found to my amazement 105 very healthy, lively, and large baby chicks. The Speckled Sussex chicks are without a doubt the prettiest baby chicks that I have ever seen. We would recommend McMurray without hesitation. Additionally we received 50 Barred Rocks, 25 Orpingtons,as well as the 25 Speckled Sussex.
I purchased 26 Barred Rock chicks the end of June (2012). They only took two days to arrive in CO from the hatchery! They feathered out around 4 or 5 weeks. They starting to lay brown eggs at 19 weeks and have been a delightful bird to brood with good health and vigor. They incorporated in with my older hens very well. I changed my watering system several weeks ago to a bucket nipple system and they adjusted very quickly. I will be getting more Mc Murray chicks next spring!
I've been meaning to send a letter of praise and thanks to you guys since receiving my order of Barred Rock and Black Austrolops on Oct 2(10 days ago). All 25 birds were very healthy and ready to start eating and growing. I had the option of buying local birds but decided to start my flocks with known healthy, pure bloodlines and as I watch these chicks make the food and water disappear and grow like crazy, I know I made a good decision. Thanks again for a great start on these two flocks. P.s. The mystery bird is still a mystery.
As a first time chicken owner, my husband and I went with the favorites, the Barred Rocks, and the Buff Orpingtons. I was so worried about my chickens being mailed in a box, but both Murray McMurray and the Post Office were super accomodating. I recieved a call from Murray when they shipped and in no less than 5 hours the post office was calling. Everything was so smooth, and every chicken made it. Knock on wood, we have not lost a chicken to date. We could not be happier with either breed. My Barred Rocks are absolutely gorgeous girls! They lay wonderful eggs and are so friendly. My only problem is that I go outside in my flip flops frequently, they seem to be very attracted to my red toenail polish and peck at my toes! If you live in a state that gets a medium to harsh winter, these are the birds for you. It's even been over 100 degrees for many days in a row, and they are all doing fine. I cannot say enough nice things about this hatchery, or their birds.
Each year we order a quintet of birds while we run our own little hatchery. This year I ordered 1 male and 4 female Barred Rocks. I'll say they are my best sellers at the farmers market. Thank you!
We got a flock of 20 a few years ago, we kept 5 (including the runt we received. We named her Squinchy) and gave the rest away. THESE ARE AMAZING BIRDS! They are so nice and friendly. One of mine, Polka, would run over and jump on your lap if you sat in the coup! They were all producing 1-2 a day, (even the runt hehe). The 15 we gave away are still producing strong we hear. Our 5 had a tragic end with some coyotes wanting a late night snack of chicken wire and the prize inside. This year, I am receiving 2 more hens, (I've named them Esther and Cynthia), from the barn my horse is stabled at. I cannot wait to have Barred Rocks back in my life. They are amazing birds and you will not be disapointed.
Three weeks ago we ordered our new flock of 30 chicks, and they have not stopped eating every since. We have White Rocks, Barred Rocks, Wyandottes, Black Giants, and Light Brahmas, along with our mystery chick. They arrived well packaged and very healthy. This has been a great experience dealing with Murray McMurray....we will be back for more. Thanks again!
I just received my Barred Rock chicks and couldn't be happier. They were very lively and energetic and are doing great. I can't wait to start getting eggs and hatching my own. Thanks so much for your hard work and great birds that you have Thanks again, Mason Ackley, IA
I am having a lot of fun with my Barred Rocks, they are very lively and enjoy playing. I was concern about the long flight from Iowa to Puerto Rico, nevertheless, they endure the long trip bravely.
My Barred Rock pullets from this year are doing great. They started laying at 5 months and 6 days old. I did not lose a single chick in the order, they were healthy and happy from the beginning. They are friendly, funny, and always ready for a treat. Thanks Murray McMurray.
Love my Barred Rocks. They arrived all healthy and strong. They are very friendly. I can not wait for them to start to lay. I am hooked, already planning for next spring.
My Barred Rocks are so sweet, and they are great egg layers. I've had chicks from each of my Barred Rock hens, and our White Plymouth rooster. Thanks for the great birds! :)
I can not say enough good things about doing business with you, enjoying my assortment of chicks, for the first time I'm trying the Barred Rocks and things are looking good. Thank-You
Never before have I ever recieved such great all around service as I do with Murray McMurray. If I have a question... they have an answer. Thanks for everything and long live the backyard chicken.
when we got our chicks they came in great shape and they were ADORABLE. We have had them for about four weeks. Me and my sister love them so much!!!!!! We have 26 chicks. We have barred rocks, wyandottes, red stars, rhode island reds, jumbo x rocks, and a mystery chick. We are having fun trying to solve the mystery. Time will tell. They are great pets. We love them!!!
I have ordered Barred Rocks from you since 2008, and they all have been beautiful every time I got them home. Full of energy, alert and peeping. Thanks for all of your hard work and the care that you take of your chickens!
I have been ordering from Murray Mcmurray for over 2 years and have never been dissapointed. I order the barred rocks and they always arrive spunky and beautiful. Thanks Murray Hatchery for your chickens they are a joy to have.
The Barred Rocks that came with our order of 12 chicks have turned out to be a great mix to the flock. They are the first ones to arrive at the coop door, lay big brown eggs and are the queens! Thanks
If you want BIG eggs I'd go with this breed!
Thank you for providing me with such WONDERFUL Rhode Island Reds, Barred Rocks,and White Rocks. They come when I call them, and they are very friendly. They have such good personalities. Thanks,Melanie
This city boy ordered chickens for the first time last July. I couldn't be more pleased with my little flock of Barred Rocks. They are friendly and hilarious. The hens started laying in December and haven't let up. The cockerels dressed out nicely at a good weight.The remaining rooster has a very high opinion of himself and investigates any mystery thoroughly. I have to comment on your customer service. The lady who took my order was so helpful. She brought up issues I hadn't considred and didn't quit until she was sure I was ready to recieve my chicks. Fantastic! You rarely encounter service like that any more. Thanks again. Murray McMurray has my business from now on.
WOW! WOW! WOW! My family and I ordered 10 Barred Rocks along with some Buff Minorcas and SC Brown Leghorns last October. All arrived safe and sound, and full of vigor, but the reason I am writing is to tell you that my Rocks are not only the most Standard perfect birds I've ever seen, the pullets started to lay steady at 17 weeks! They are the most friendly birds and all 4 of my kids adore them. Thank you for the wonderful poultry and service. But most of all, the memories I'll keep of the kids volunteering to care for them and the 1/2 inch of dust that has built up on the video games!! Thanks again, Tim Hogan.
I have 30 chickens including RIR, Araucanas and 1 Barred Rock. She is my pet. We do everything together including fishing. Her name is Tubby & she earnd that name. I am twelve and I am really into chikens. Thanks for giving me a very good friend.
This year at age 12, I bought my first chicks. I got 5 barred Rock, and 5 Rhode Island Red. They have so far grown to be very beautiful birds, and wonderful pets. One hen loves to be picked up and held. Thank you for these wonderful pets.
I recieved 26 chicks, including Barred Rocks, Red Caps, Dominiques, Golden Campines and several other breeds. They were delivered on time and healthy. They're beautiful, adorable and full of energy. Thank you so much! I will definately use your hatchery in the future.
Our purchased Barred Rocks from McMurray Hatchery. We have enjoyed our purchase as well as their customer service. McMurray offered to us some of the finest birds, with good health, good coloring, and some of the finest meat. They were delivered on time with a alive rate of 100%. At first, as with many who are weary about ordering things through the mail. We were impressed by the health and size of our flock. Our hens began laying by 20 weeks and have not stoped even with short days, or cold weather. Yhey lay good eggs with great taste. Thanks McMurray for being there for us. from: Michael R Rollen, President/CEO of
5 years ago, we ordered Barred Plymouth Rock pullets-our first chicks ever-to show in 4H, and have had this breed ever since. Our McMurray pullets have been in the purple every summer since! Our judges comment every year on how nice they are, and our parents love that they lay so well! Our McMurray Royal Palm Turkeys have won the Champion (best in show) or Reserve Champion for two years as well. We will be graduating from high school (and therefore 4H) soon, but our folks say they will keep a flock of McMurray Barred Rocks around for their beauty, good company, and of course, their eggs!
I had wanted a chicken since I saw my grandma's Rhode Island Reds. Now, at 14, I finnaly convinced my mom to let me get some chickens, and I chose Barred Rocks. I could not have made a better choice. I raised them in my room. My chickens are now hearty, beautiful, and lay wonderful brown eggs. I feel so proud that I raised these beautiful birds from chick to adult on my own.
I have been doing business with McMurray Hatchery since I was 11 years old, placing my first order in 1982. I have had chickens from their flock for over 21 years. Last spring we ordered 30 Barred Rocks and started a new flock. All the fine birds arrived just as they always have healthy and full of energy. Now my 8 year old boy will buy his birds from McMurray for years to come. Thanks Guys!!! Dave Hogan, Ruston Louisiana
I am 12 yeaers old, and I wanted to have a pet. I chose chickens, because i enjoyed playing with them. I bought my first chicks last june. They were all very healthy and exteremly adorable! I had ten of them and I raised them in my room. Now they are big and strong. They live in my backyard, though I don't know if my neighbors like that. They all have names, Paprica, Perfect, and Sunny are three of the names. I just wanted to thank you for bringing me some of the best freinds I have ever had.-Amber
I was a first time customer this past spring. I rec'd 25 pullets in April, followed the instructions and we didn't lose a single chick. We were impressed by the health and size of our flock. Our hens began laying by September. We plan on getting quail, turkeys and pheasants this coming spring. Thanks for offering such a high quality product.Carolyn MalfaraThompsontown, PA
My barred rocks came in extremely healty and all have grown big and strong. thank you very much!Sean Curtis Alpha, NJ
I purchased Barred Rocks from McMurray Hatchery in Feb. 2002. They are some of the finest birds I have ever seen. At first I was unsure about raising birds from a hatchery. But my concerns were short lived. I am overwhelmed with the production of eggs that started at four months of age. I am equally impressed with the quality of egg these fine birds produce. I have one rooster named General. He is the largest, and finest of the four roosters I ordered with 20 hens, and he is of show quality I am sure. I have since ordered several other breeds from McMurray, and am eqaully satisfied, and impressed. Thank you.
I purchased some Barred Rocks from your hatchery. When they were old enough I entered them in our county fair. As I was checking my entries in the man helping me commented on how nice my pullets were. He ask where I got them and I advised him from McMurray. He was surprised and said he didn't know any hatcheries sold such nice stock. One of the pullets won Reserve Grand Champion pullet of the fair. I was so happy to have won such nice award in my very first fair! All chicks I received were very healthy. The barring was very good on the feathers. All hens were very good layers. LynnArapaho, OK