The Barnevelder 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 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-colour slate. Available large and miniature; sitter. Placid good backyard egg layer.There are several standard colors of Barnevelder. Black, double laced, partridge and silver. All varieties have very prominent orange eyes and very yellow legs.
- Standard Weights: Cock-8 pounds; hen-6-1/2 pounds.
- Skin Color: White.
- Egg Shell Color: Brown.
- Use: A medium heavy fowl with fairly good egg production potential.
- Origin: Holland.
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.