Other common names: Barred Holland
The Holland Chicken started with birds imported from Holland being crossed with White Leghorns, Rhode Island Reds, New Hampshires, and Lamonas, which created the White Hollands. Another cross that included White Leghorns, Barred Plymouth Rocks, Australorps and Brown Leghorns produced the "Barred" variety of Hollands. Both were accepted by the American Poultry Association in 1949.
Unfortunately, the Holland is currently highly endangered, and has been given a classification of "critical" by the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy. The "critical" category means, "Fewer than 500 breeding birds in the United States, with five or fewer primary breeding flocks (50 birds or more), and estimated global population less than 1,000."
Types: Bantam, Largefowl
Varieties (Single Comb): Barred
Uses: Eggs, Meat, Preservation
Bantam: 30 - 34 oz
Largefow: 6.5 - 8. 5 lbs
Personality: Holland chickens tend to be sweet, social and undemanding.
Preferred climate: Any
Handles confinement: Yes
Egg production: Good (3/week)
Egg color: White
Egg size: Extra Large
What else you should know:
The Holland chicken is extremely rare and almost impossible to find. The few breeders keeping the Holland alive, have had to cross them with other breeds, resulting in some hens laying tinted or brown eggs.
meat chicken, beautiful white eggs
Beautiful Rare Barred Holland Chickens and Hatching Eggs
Developed by Rutgers in the 40's when white eggs became all the rage to help the small farmer compete with the big markets. The Holland is a meat chicken that lays a white egg instead the usual brown egg. When the tide changed and brown eggs came into fashion again they were forgotten. With no one to really tend the breed their numbers decreased as did their size. Cross breeding cause eggs to turn cream colored. A few breeders remained and interest began to grow. I was able to obtain some from two lines. Through breeding, proper nutrition, culling etc.
My flock is laying beautiful white eggs. Their sizes are increasing with every hatch and their feathers and coloring are just beautiful. I think more work is left to be done on this breed and it is certain ing worth doing..
From SuzanneHolland Jul 11 2014 11:12AM