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Pros: Very pretty, heavy Breed, friendly and talkative

Cons: Not any cons specific to breed. Maybe not as hardy to illness as some breeds.

The two hens I had were purchased from a local lady that was moving house (England). They were 2 and a half years old, and in need of a new home. She had alot of other breeds, but these were so beautiful that they stole my vote immediately. Stunning lacing, yellow legs and very large and heavy. They are about the same size as my Brahma's. By far the most friendly hens and this surprised me, as they have come from a massive free range flock. I guess I have been used to raising flighty breeds, so it was a nice change.

I also liked the way they have there own sort of noice. Not a standard chicken noice. They are very verbal.

I also liked how brave they were when being introduced to my large flock, and how quickly they intergrated compared to the two Brahma's that I picked up at the same time.

All in all, very fun, friendly birds. If you have a family and want a big beautiful cuddley pet, two of these girls would set your backyard alight.


Enjoying a bit of watermelon on christmas day :)


Pros: Gorgeous colouring in the double laced variety, intelligent, assertive, is still laying into her fifth year

Cons: Hides eggs, sometimes finds nasty ways to pick on the other girls

I have one Barnevelder, named Chestnut in a medium sized flock, she is a standout chicken.

My Barnevelder is incredibly intelligent, learning how to cross the plank of wood over the ditch that separates the chickens paddock and our house, she often hides her eggs in large clutches, and when she isn't perched next to her best friend, Harriet the Orpington, she discovered an excellent way to throw the submissive hens off the roost - peck and grab at their feet. 

Overall, Chestnut is a clever and endearing hen, quick to alert the flock at the sign of predators, and most of the time doesn't bother picking on chickens lower down the pecking order. The problem is trying to find her gorgeous dark speckled eggs! She's onto me in ways none of the other girls could dream of, the smartest chicken I've owned.


Pros: Stunning to look at, great layers of decent eggs, good foragers, hardy

Cons: These birds are highly, HIGHLY skittish. Loud, sometimes a little aggressive. Also, the eggs aren't NEARLY as dark as people would have you believe.

Barnevelders are great to look at, but not all that great for someone who wants friendly birds.


They're really, really skittish. I never once mistreated mine, hand raised them, yet any time I would go to the coop or walk up to them while free ranging they would run screaming from me. Have nary a clue why, other than that's just the way the breed is. Also, they're really, really loud.


However, they're great layers. But, their eggs are neither particularly large or particularly dark. They're also hardy birds, but seem to do better in winter than summer. My birds were fine in KY winters but tanked a bit in the sweltering and humid heat.


Pros: friendly, not nasty birds

Cons: nothing

I had 3roosters and 3hens and they never fought. These birds would let me pick them up and hold them and they would also fly on my lap and sleep their. They were always very good birds. They amazed me how friendly they were because whenever I called them they would run right over and come visit. I would recommend this breed to anyone beginners or experts they are just wonderful birds all around. I also have had Rhode Island Reds which I had always swore by because they weren't a nasty breed compared to others that I have had but barnevelders I think are my number one now.


Pros: beautiful, quiet birds, good layers

Cons: slow to mature

I was given my small flock of barnevelder chicks by a friend. Although I was certain they would NEVER lay, they eventually did, and it was so worth it! They were medium sized, gorgeous coppery brown eggs. Pretty good layers, and the birds, including my rooster, were very calm and sweet. The nicest rooster I ever had was my Barnie, and I still miss him.


Pros: friendly, & calm,large to extra large brown eggs

Cons: they're rare

We purchased our Barnies August of 2014 as feathered out chicks, from a breeder in N.C. we collected our first egg on Christmas day! We have five hens and two roosters, all housed together in a large coop with large attached run. The run is covered with netting because while they're young they can fly over a four foot fence,as they mature they're much heavier so I don't think they could manage it now! I'm very happy with this breed including the roosters. They get along well together and are not aggressive to us.The Brown eggs have increased in size quicly to large to some extra large. they are very beautiful and would be a good choice for anyone who wants a fairly quite good natured flock of great laying hens. Also dual purpose


Pros: calm, talkative

Cons: none yet

I have 2 Barnvelder hens. They couldn't be more unlike each other! One is very personable, has moved her way up the pecking order quickly. She's friendly and very talkative, curious too. The other is very reticent, shy & quiet. She will allow me to touch her, but briefly only.  Their plumage is stunning in the sunlight. The beetle green sheen is absolutely gorgeous!  They have both been laying on a regular basis, beautiful brown eggs. I will be getting more next year.


Pros: calm, mild mannered, beautiful plumage

Cons: very heavy, not laying at all!

I Purchased a 1.5 year old Double Blue Laced hen from Just Struttin Farm several months ago. At that age, she should be laying, but I still have yet to see a single egg from her and I am very disappointed considering I paid a pretty penny for her. At first I assumed it was the stress of the move that had halted her production, but months later, she is still eggless.


She is beautiful and mellow and I wont just be getting rid of her for lack of eggs, but I sure am disappointed considering all I had heard about the prolific laying and dark brown eggs.


Pros: Beautiful to look at

Cons: Very flighty, won't even let me near her

I chose a Barnevelder because of their friendly reputation and their lovely colour. My Barnevelder is definitely beautiful, but while she used to be friendly her temperament flipped at around 10-12 weeks and now I can't even get near her. She screams if I even manage to touch her, and if I need to catch her? It takes at least two people to get her cornered and once you get your hands on her she will scream and thrash around. I know this is the opposite of how they are supposed to be, so I would say that if you want the breed for its good temperament take your time and buy from a breeder who selects for that.


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Breed PurposeDual Purpose
Climate ToleranceAll Climates
Egg ProductivityMedium
Egg SizeMedium
Egg ColorBrown
Breed TemperamentFriendly,Calm,Bears confinement well
Breed Colors/VarietiesOnly the dark brown, double laced bird is available in the US.
Breed SizeLarge Fowl
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC

Chicken Breed Info:

Breed Purpose: Dual Purpose
Comb: Single
Broodiness: Average
Climate Tolerance: All Climates

General Egg Info:

Egg Productivity: Medium
Egg Size: Medium
Egg Color: Brown

Breed Temperament:

Friendly,Calm,Bears confinement well

Breed Colors / Varieties:

Only the gold/red, double laced bird is accepted by the APA in large fowl. Blue double laced are also starting to become available in the USA through project lines and recent imports.

Breed Details:

The Barnevelder was developed in the Netherlands in the town of Barneveld in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Barnevelders became very popular for their stunning laced feather patterns and the ablity to lay rich brown eggs, but are still considered rare in the USA. The double-laced (red/gold) form was accepted to the APA standard in 1991.

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Roosters /Cockerels
   Johan line rooster owned by: Winnetka Farms                  Johan line rooster owned by:  pinkchick
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Blue double laced project rooster- tls_ranch
Hens / Pullets
"vB" line pullet owned by: Winnetka Farms                  Johan line pullet owned by:  pinkchick
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