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Holland Chicken

Overall satisfaction

5/5

Acquired: Breeder

Gender: Both

Appearance

5/5

Temperament

5/5

Hen brooding behavior

4/5

Foraging ability

5/5

Tolerance for heat

5/5

Tolerance for cold

5/5

Meat quantity

5/5

Egg quantity

5/5

Large eggs

4/5

Colorful eggs

0/5

Beautiful Rare Barred Holland Chickens and Hatching Eggs

By

Saint Francisville , Louisiana, United States

Posted Jul 11, 2014

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.

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