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North Holland Blue Chicken

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Willem Hoekstra

The basics:
The North Holland Blue originated in North Holland, around the turn of the 20th century. They were popular for a time, for their meat and egg qualities. Today, the breed is very rare, and is barely known outside of Holland and the United Kingdom.

Types: Bantam, Largefowl
Varieties (Single Comb): Cuckoo
Uses: Meat, Eggs
Weights:
Bantam: 900- 1,000 grams
Largefowl: 5 - 7 lbs
Personality: Friendly and pleasant natured
Broody: Yes
Preferred climate: Any
Handles confinement: Yes
Egg production: Good (3/week)
Egg color: Brown
Egg size: Extra Large

What else you should know:
The North Holland Blue is an almost auto sexing breed, meaning that most chicks can be sexed at hatch. Males tend to hatch lighter then the females. This is true with about 20% of North Holland Blues.

The breed is required to have clean legs in Holland. However, the British standard calls for feathered legs.