STOPLIGHT BREED OF THE WEEK PARTRIDGE PLYMOUTH ROCKS
Partridge Plymouth Rocks or "Partridge Rocks
", as they're called, are a rare and beautiful unique dual-purpose bird. They originated in the US in the late 1800s and their heritage is a little sketchy. However, it is believed that the breeds used to produce the Partridge Rocks were Partridge Cochins, Dark Cornish, Brown Leghorns, Golden Laced Wyandottes
, Barred Rocks
and a single comb Golden Laced Wyandotte male
which were mated in various combinations to produce this new variety. Their striking color patterns make one of the best varieties for the exhibitor. The Partridge Rock roosters have rich redheads and mostly red upper backs, while their body, breast, and main tail feathers are black. Their hackle and saddle feathers are greenish- black laced with red, and their wings are black and red. Hens are a deep, reddish bay color with black edging on their back, breast, and body plumage. In the 19th century, all the varieties of the Plymouth Rock breeds were by far the most popular breed of chickens during that time. Although their numbers have dwindled over the years, the Plymouth Rocks are still very popular among small-flock owners for their early maturity, their cold-hardiness, and their robustness. They do well either confined or free-range and do not slow down laying eggs quite as much as other dual-purpose breeds during the winter months. Not only are they dependable brown egg layers but also are calm, docile birds and are very good setters. Despite their popularity, their conservation status is listed as "Recovering" by the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy
Adult Birds description: Their backs are long and broad throughout the entire length with a slight concave sweep to the tail. The body is long, with the breast being broad, well-rounded and moderately deep. Partridge Rock males have rich redheads and mostly red upper backs, while their body, breast, and main tail feathers are black. Their hackle and saddle feathers are greenish- black laced with red, and their wings are black and red. Hens are a deep, reddish bay color with black edging on their back, breast, and body plumage. The comb is an even serrated, single comb, having five well-defined points, and it is straight and upright. Their feet and legs are yellow.
Baby Chick description: The chicks are a rich dark brown resembling the color of an expensive fur coat.
Origin: United States
Classification Type: American
Temperament: Adaptable to confinement or free range, calm & docile.
Purpose: Dual purpose eggs laying and meat production.
Broodiness: Not generally but make good mothers.
Hardiness: Cold hardy & can tolerate heat well.
Maturing: 18-22 weeks Mating ratio: 9 females to 1 male
Egg color: Brown Egg size: Large
Rate Of Lay: Great Eggs per year: 280- 300
Weight: Hen 7 lbs Rooster: 8.5 lbs
Pullet 5 lbs Cockerel 7.5 lbs
Spacing: Confined at all times 10 square feet per bird. Confined at night only at least 4 square feet of space per bird
Roost height: 2Ft -4FT
Life Span: Of the Partridge Plymouth Rock depends on how well they are cared for, and the quality of life that they enjoy. A standard Partridge Plymouth Rock will generally live for approximately 6-8 years but have been known to reach 10-12 years. However, egg production will decrease every year.
Varieties: Barred, White, Buff, Silver Penciled, Partridge, Columbian, Blue, Black.
Other facts: Partridge Plymouth Rocks are not quite as large as their cousins the Barred and White Plymouth Rocks. Very few hatcheries have chicks available of this unique rare variety of Plymouth Rocks.