All Black Rock Chickens are not the same
We are an official agent for the famous and original Black Rock hens that are supplied all the way from Scotland’s Muirfield Layers hatchery. Our area covers Wirral, Merseyside, Cheshire and North Wales. Click here for further breed information. If you don’t get your Black Rocks from us in the area above then it is very unlikely that you have the genuine article.
We have had a delivery of young Black Rock® from 4th Sept 2021 – (hatched 13/8/2021) all female. They are off heat now so can go outside in a sheltered area/run. Bookings now being taken. We also have some older Black Rocks closer to point of lay.
They are a very special recipe which has been handed down over generations and is only available from selected agents throughout the country, more importantly, be sure you don’t confuse these hens with a Rhode Rock. The Rhode Rock is a commercial style hybrid which comprises of a Rhode Island Red and a Barred Plymouth Rock, therefore, a lot of chicken suppliers will try to capitalise on the Muirfield Layers name and excellent reputation by claiming the same name for their birds. All black and gold birds are consequently not the same. If you are unsure, you can check the agent status through the supplier by following this link to the Muirfield Hatchery or here If you get offered a Black Rock cockerel, or hatching eggs as rest assured it is not the genuine article, as they do not exist.
Black Rock Breed Description
This hardy breed is renowned for having a long laying life and is bred to be happy in the sometimes challenging Scottish weather. It is not unusual for it to be a bit parky up there.
Her stunning blue/black plumage comes alive with a vibrant sheen when the sun shines. She also has a collar of gold coloured feathers which extend down to her abdomen. The gold patterning on the front and neck is often different on each bird, therefore, some have more gold than others.
When looking for a Black Rock chicken please ensure that you are getting the genuine article by coming to us. We get regular deliveries of day-old chicks that we raise to point of lay. They are handled daily to ensure that they are socialised and not prone to panic. Consequently, a hen that is already quite a friendly bird, becomes more so when we get our hands on them.
This lovely hen is a friendly inquisitive and confident bird, consequently a Black Rock is not usually at the bottom of the pecking order. They are well suited to a mixed flock of similarly sized or even larger birds.
A Black Rock is classified as large fowl – light
The eggs are the normal supermarket biscuit colour or sometimes slightly darker. She is a good steady layer of medium to large eggs. Her famous genetics also mean that she will lay 4-5 eggs a week in her first laying year. As long as she remains in good health it is usual for her to continue to lay well for longer than your average hybrid.