This is a new line of Barred Rocks, to complement Ev Gilmar’s dual purpose Barred Rocks. We know that many people cannot keep roosters or just want to sell eggs and so they just want the female chicks. So it made sense to create a new line of Barred Rocks that is production bred for egg laying. What you want in a laying specialist is early onset of lay, the low maintenance requirements of a smaller bodied bird, a high rate of production, good egg quality and good temperament. That is what we have bred for in the ‘Rockettes’. 2018 is the year we are launching this new line at the hatchery. If you love the classic look of the Barred Rocks but really just want hens, and want a lot of eggs in all seasons, give these girls a try!
The ‘Rockettes’ are more active and nimble than their dual purpose cousins, and have impressed us with their use of the nest boxes (no floor eggs) and the quick way they have ramped up to large eggs and nearly full production. Their eggs are medium to light brown with good shell quality. They will lay though the summer better than most heritage breeds and are suitable for fall hatches as well as spring hatches.