Other common names: Dutch Barnevelder
The Barnevelder Chicken breed was created in Netherlands in the late 1800's by crossing Dutch landrace chickens with various Asian breeds like the Brahma, Cochin and Croad Langshan. The goal was to design a good egg laying chicken with unusual shiny copper-brown colored eggs.
Types: Bantam and Largefowl
Varieties (Single Comb): Black, Dark Brown, Double Laced, Double Laced Blue, Partridge, Silver, Silver Black Double Laced
Uses: Eggs, Meat
Bantam: 26 - 32 oz
Largefowl: 6 - 7.5 lbs
Personality: Easily handled and social
Preferred climate: Any
Handles confinement: Yes
Egg production: Good (3/week)
Egg color: Dark Brown
Egg size: Large
outstanding temperament, fantastic winter layers, good forager, tame, attractive plumage, gorgeous breed
cocky Barnevelders, respiratory disease, small gene pool
plume tail feathers, rarer breed, double laced feathers, medium brown eggs
We are very proud of our beautiful flock of
Double Laced, Dutch Barnevelder chickens. Up until the fall of 2011 we had 5
other wonderful breeds of chickens. It
didn’t take long to realize that the Barnevelder won out as our favorite. We
made the decision to find nice new homes for our other chickens. Our friends (the
recipients) - - were thrilled.
When we made the transition from multiple breeds
to only one breed of chicken, we noticed an immediate change in “coop life” - -
there was peace, harmony and lots of happy, content clucking. The Barnevelder is
a very calm, friendly bird with exquisitely detailed, double laced feathers. The
hens are broody, the roosters very attentive. They can tolerate both the cold
and hot weather very well.
There are many reasons to love the Dutch Barnevelder. It could be their plumage, the size and color
of their medium brown eggs, or the fact that they lay eggs year round. But I
have to say, I'm most impressed with their willingness to accept new chickens
(even roosters) into their flock. Their ability to define a pecking order without
engaging in fights to the death is quite impressive.
The Barnevelder is considered to be a rare
breed. Finding Barnevelders that are true to standard is difficult to do. If
you are interested in purchasing some Barnevelders for your coop, be very
careful. There are many imitations. Do your research and purchase your birds
from a reputable breeder. We would highly recommend this breed of bird!
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From bowensbirds1 Mar 28 2012 8:14PM
Calm, quiet, beautiful chickens
Barnevelders are a bit of an unusual chicken. They have a slightly different look to them with a more compact beak than most. Their feathers are gorgeous, a dark iridescent with rusty lace patterning.
They can vary greatly from strain to strain in size and lace pattern. Some lay a small quantity of very dark brown eggs while others lay higher quantities of lighter eggs.
My gal is a smaller bird that lays a decent amount of lighter brown eggs, which are still darker than many of the other breeds I keep. These birds are fine layers and fine meat birds, but aren’t the best breed for either. The real reason to keep Barnevelders is their appearance and unique personality.
These are calm birds that are quiet and slow paced. I’ve heard some folks describe them as shy and I suppose they could be viewed that way in that they do tend to hang back. However, it’s not that Louisa is nervous around people or other birds. It’s just that she prefers to watch rather than interact directly.
She keeps to herself far more than any other full-sized chicken I’ve ever kept. Frequently in the afternoon when many of the other birds are laying together, she’ll pick a high outdoor roost and settle down by herself to keep an eye on things.
I’m not sure if maybe she’d be more interactive grouped with other Barnevelders that shared her same sensibilities. She just seems to like doing her own thing. Barnevelders still blend well into flocks with other peaceful birds, but imagine they could be prone to being bullied if kept with more aggressive birds.
They aren’t the cuddliest chickens and mine more or less ignores me. If you’re looking for a companion chicken that will be delighted to see you, this breed wouldn’t be my first recommendation. On the other hand, if you’re looking for a lovely bird that’s relaxing to watch then a Barnevelder would be an excellent selection.
This breed could work well for small backyard flocks in suburban areas where you’d need a quiet, laid back bird that didn’t mind small enclosures. They also make for stunning addition to a standard flock and, despite not being the most productive, are well worth keeping on account of their beauty..
From gardenfairy Sep 7 2014 7:17PM