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
Necessary for Flock Health
Providing adequate space for all flock members is necessary for maintaining flock health. When chickens don't have enough space disease can spread rapidly and the flock can become ill and die. It is recommended to have a minimum of four square feet of space for each chicken in a coop. .
From Mia B 162 days ago