Other common names: Lakenfelder
The Lakenvelder Chicken was developed in the 1830’s in Germany. One theory is that the breed was developed from birds with a distinct black and white color patten found in the Dutch village of Lakervelt. There is also a smaller Lakenvelder Bantam breed. Lakenvelders were first exhibited in England in 1902, and were admitted to the Standard in 1939.
Unfortunately, the Lakenvelder Chicken is currently rare, and has been given a classification of "threatened" by the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy.
Types: Bantam, Largefowl
Varieties (Single Comb): Blue, Gold, Silver
Uses: Eggs, Ornamental
Bantam: 1.25 - 1.5 lbs
Largefowl: 4.5 - 6 lbs
Personality: Shy and afraid of sudden noise and movement.
Preferred climate: Warm
Handles confinement: No
Egg production: Good (3/week)
Egg color: White
Egg size: Medium - Large
gentle birds, production breed pullets, stunning color, great meat qualities, good forager
flighty breed, small eggs, excitable Chicken Little
decent layers, black head feathers
This small breed of chicken have a black head, collar, and tail, white body, white skin and slate colored legs. It is a very vocal, flighty breed that is good forager if allowed to free range. The roosters are very protective and will alert the hens and protect them but are not aggressive towards humans. It is a good layer of small eggs and usually a non-setter. I personally like the breed but if you are looking for good layers of medium to large eggs this would not be the breed for you..
From kansa Oct 22 2012 8:39AM
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 15 days ago
Chickens in Flight
I bought Lakenvelders for their ability to lay white eggs in my flock of brown egg layers. They were not the typical heavy production breed that I usually go for. They grew up and looked exactly like their portraits, white bodied with black tail feathers and black head feathers, however their flighty temperament was always causing a ruckus in the coop. Anytime I went to gather eggs, the Lakenvelders would flutter and flap and try to fly all around the coop in a frenzy. I imagine that the over excitable Chicken Little from the old tale was probably a Lakenvelder! An unfortunate blizzard-y Christmas resulted in a coyote massacre of our entire chicken flock, save one Lakenvelder, hence forth christened "Lucky Lou". I am certain that her spastic flightiness helped her escape where the rest of the flock perished. Even with that tale of survival against all odds, those are the last Lakenvelders I will own..
From goatherdgirl Nov 19 2014 11:06AM