Hermann Farm is home to different breeds of chickens including Barred Plymouth Rock chickens or "Barred Rocks," as they are often called, and Wyandottes. Both breeds are some of the most popular, dual-purpose chickens on a small farm. Barred Rocks were developed in New England in the early 1800s by crossing the American Dominique and the Black Java. It is a chicken used for both its meat and brown eggs which they lay prolifically year long. As their name suggests, Barred Rocks have a black and white pattern that is stripe-like in appearance. Plymouth Rocks are cold-hardy as well, reducing egg laying in the winter but still producing. This friendly breed of chickens is also known for its strong brooding instinct, making for excellent mothers in early spring.
The Wyandotte is an American breed of chicken developed in the 1870’s and is a dual-purpose breed, kept for its brown eggs and its yellow-skinned meat. It is a popular show bird, particularly in Germany.
Please keep in mind that our animals help us recreate a typical Missouri farm of the 1850s. The farm staff and equine specialists supply the animals with balanced rations on a regular schedule, and for this reason, we ask that visitors do not attempt to feed the horses or mules. Additionally, for the health of our livestock and for your own safety, please refrain from grabbing the animals or giving a friendly slap on the flanks. Please keep a distance from the Shire hooves. Being stepped on--- even though not intentional by our Gentle Giants----can be very painful.