Plymouth Rock

The Plymouth Rock (BPR) was first developed in the 19th century in New England. In 1869 they were first exhibited as an all-American breed. They are renowned for their egg laying and utility purposes. The breeds we have at the PRC were obtained from Dr. R. Crawford, University of Saskatchewan, after many years of selection and maintained as an unselected population since 1965 (Crawford 1990). These birds found a home at the Poultry Research Centre in Edmonton after Dr. Crawford’s retirement. Their original characteristics have been maintained over the years without any change in their body conformation and production performance. Some rare characteristics recorded at the PRC include showing dual purpose breeding characteristics (egg and meat production), lays a brown egg and the average mid-cycle egg weight is 58 grams.

  • Use: Eggs/Meat

  • Egg Size / Colour: Large/Brown

  • Rate of Lay: 200

  • Standard Market Weight: 6-8 lb

  • Rate of Growth / Maturity: 12-16 weeks

  • Temperament: Calm

  • Special Characteristics: Early Feathering, Cold-Hardy, Meat Qualities