Barnevelder Bantam Chicken
The Barnevelder Bantam Chicken originated in the Barneveld district of Holland just prior to the first war (1914-18) and stock was imported in 1921 with the deep egg color being its main attraction many in the early trials laying around the 200 per year mark. The Barnevelder Bantam Chicken most popular color is called Double Laced although they are standardized in Black, Partridge and Silver.
Characteristics: The Barnevelder Chicken is alert and upright with the appearance in profile of a concave back line. Wings short with smallish head and single comb. Feathering on the laced is black / beetle green with a red brown edging and quill under color slate. Available large and miniature; sitter. Placid good backyard egg layer.There are several standard colors of Barnevelder Chicken. Black, double laced, partridge and silver. All varieties have very prominent orange eyes and very yellow legs.
- Standard Weights: Cock-2-1/2 pounds; Hen-2 pounds; Cockerel-2 pounds; Pullet-1-1/2 pounds.
- Varieties: Double-laced, Blue-laced, White, Black
- Skin Color: White
- Egg Shell Color: Brown
- Use: Exhibition
- Origin: Holland
Bantams are suitable for smaller backyards as they do not need as much space as other breeds. Bantam hens are also used as laying hens, with some breeds laying up to 150 eggs per year. However, Bantam eggs are only about one-half to one-third the size of a regular hen egg. The Bantam chicken eats the same foods as a normal chicken. In commercial situations they are fed grain-based foods because this is convenient and efficient for the producer. Chickens in the wild eat more insects and vegetation than grains.
In contrast, the Bantam rooster is famous in rural areas throughout the United Kingdom and the United States for its aggressive, “puffed-up” disposition that can be comedic in stature. It is often called a “Banty” in the rural United States.
Many bantam hens are renowned for hatching and brooding. They are very protective mothers and will attack anything that gets near their young.
Bantams do have a higher mortality rate when they are kept as backyard pets. They are easy targets for hawks, cats, foxes, or any other small predator.