Holland Chicken

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Other common names: Barred Holland

The basics:
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.
Broody: Occasionally
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.

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