The Lakenvelder Chicken is an old established breed of German origin, having been known since the 1830’s. About 1860 it was bred to a considerable extent in Westfalen and the Northern part of the Rhine province Known as a color pattern in birds found since 1700 in the small village Lakervelt; near the Eastern corner of Southern Holland.
Some people claim the name of the Lakenvelder Chicken means ‘field of linen’ or ‘shadow on a sheet’ but it is actually the name of the black and white color patten, and Lakenvelder cows are also known and also a name of a area in Holland which also claims to be the origin of the breed. It is difficult to get one that combines the pure black neck hackle with a pure white body and a slate grey under-color.
Characteristics: Lakenvelder Chickens are quite small, non-broody, lay white shelled eggs and are rather wild and flighty. They are fairly small birds and are good layers, producing white shelled or occasionally tinted eggs. The hens are not good sitters and tend to be rather flighty and wild so need to be contained carefully with suitable fencing. Chicks mature quickly and grow vigorously but they don’t gain their characteristic markings until they have been through their third moult. They are confident, robust birds which tend to avoid human contact and are able to adapt to being kept in confined spaces but prefer to be allowed the freedom to free range.
- Standard Weights: Cock-5 pounds; hen-4 pounds; cockerel-4 pounds; pullet-3-1/2 pounds.
- Skin Color: White
- Egg Shell Color: White
- Use: A egg producing variety.
- Origin: Germany
Interested in raising chickens, but not sure which breed might be right for you?
Things to consider:
Geography: Consider geography when selecting a breed. In cooler areas of the country, consider raising heavier birds. In hotter areas, consider lighter weight birds. Some birds have been specially breed for cold climates. Consider these birds if you live in a cold-climate area.
Space: Where will you be raising these chickens? Do you have a lot of farm land for the animals to be raised on, or are you planning to raise them in your backyard? If you have a small space in which to raise the birds, choose breeds with a calmer temperament and avoid birds that are listed as active. Active birds will not be happy in close confinement.
Temperament: When choosing a breed, consider temperament. Some breeds are calmer than others. If raising chickens in a backyard or in the city, you may prefer a calmer breed.