These beauties originated in 1874 in Massachusetts and are aka Barred Rocks. If you are looking for a backyard pet chicken, these are not fowl. Pun intended! Families enjoy having this species sharing their yard space! Very calm temperament making them a good choice for your kiddos first county fair project. They also come in a tiny size with a smaller Bantam version. Barred Rock hens may lay up to 280 eggs a year with at least four eggs per week. Eggs are medium brown. Generally are not good winter egg layers. Production begins at about 16 to 20 weeks for hens. Roosters of course don’t lay eggs! Triangular shaped builds, they are definitely no squares! Sharp and bold black and white feathers with a “barred” appearance, hence, their name. Hens are more vibrant in color. APA acceptance standard since 1874.