The American breed of Amrok chickens became widespread in Europe in the 60s of the last century. However, until today it has not lost its relevance. Obtained by breeding the Plymouthrock Striped breed, Amrox is a meat-and-egg-producing, productive bird. Let's talk about it in more detail.
A breed of Amroks chickens bred in the United States in the state of Massachusetts in 1848. However, there is also a version that the country of origin of these birds is Germany. This is most likely due to the fact that in 1945 the breed was brought to Europe and received great popularity here. In particular, in Germany, some private farmers continued breeding work, as a result of which the productive qualities of birds were improved. The Amrox standard was established in the 1950s.
The main feature of this breed is a beautiful cuckoo color, which was inherited from the Striped Plymouthrocks. Amrox is only such a black color with unusual gray-white stripes. By the way, unlike their "ancestors", the Amrox stripes are wider. One of the most frequent questions lovers of this breed - chickens black with gray stripes or gray with black stripes? It is quite difficult to understand, but experts say that the main color of bird feathers is black.
As for the color, it is important to note that the stripes of the roosters are the same in width, but in the hens the black stripes are wider than the gray ones. This creates the effect of a darker plumage compared to the rooster. Also the width of the strips depends on the length of the feathers. For example, primary feathers and tail end in a wide black stripe. A distinctive feature of all purebred Amrox is the presence of stripes even on downy feathers.
Versatility makes these chickens still one of the most popular among private owners. Egg laying of young hens reaches a rate of 220 eggs per year with an average weight of 60 grams. As you can see, this is a fairly good indicator, as for birds not egg directions. Because of its good fast growth, Amrox is perfectly used to produce quality meat. For example, the average live weight of roosters is 4-4.5 kilograms, chickens - 2.8-3.5 kilograms.
Chickens grow well, are resistant to diseases, have a quick feathering. Sexual maturity gain by half a year. Adult chickens have excellent maternal qualities. Laying eggs hatch well and take care of their offspring for a long time.
External features of the breed
Amrox hens have a neat little but rather stocky body. The body is elongated with a wide back and fluffy feathers. The head is medium in size with a well-developed fleshy leafy crest that stands straight. On the head, the ear lobes are also well developed.
Content and character
Today, many private farms are breeding Amrox. The bird has a calm character, balanced psyche. They get along well in small groups, and also get along with other inhabitants of the yard. As a rule, it is precisely this breed that is advised to start by beginners, as it does not require special knowledge and effort in the content.
Like most universal breeds, Amrox is more adapted to outdoor content. However, in this case, you should not forget about the hygiene of the house. Damp and dirty rooms lead to the disease of the feet of the bird and contribute to the development of pathogens.
Many breeders believe that the overseas breed Amrox is somewhat whimsical in feeding. However, this is not quite true. The only requirement for the layer menu is a variety of feeds. Birds should receive enough grain, vegetables, greens, and animal feed. Unlike most egg breeds, Amrox's grain ration should not exceed 60%.
In two months, it is necessary to introduce corn in the chicken menu, it helps to normalize the weight of birds and prevents obesity. It is also very good for these layers to give wheat bran, potatoes, trembling, greens. All this is perfectly reflected in the formation of delicious juicy meat.