Not much is known about this breed except it originated in the United States and New England. It became well known in the mid 18th century and was probably the kind of bird your ancestors raised. Around 1950 the breed was considered nearly extinct but revived in the 1970s. This chicken looks much like the Barred Plymouth Rock with black and white barred feathers. Did you know that this color and pattern of feather serve as a type of camouflage? It makes it difficult for other aerial predators to see and protects them. This is also a dual purposed bird used for egg laying and meat production. A great free range fowl. Eggs are medium to large and brown. May lay over 200 eggs annually.
This beautiful breed also comes in a mini size, the Dominique Bantam!