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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: 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: 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: 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: good layer, docile, cold hardy

Cons: talkative, broody

I've had two of these girls for a year now. Got them when they were a few months old. They were my first chickens. They adjusted well to their new home and have been excellent egg producers. By excellent I mean an egg a day or every other day. They did good all winter as well and I do not supplement light. It got pretty cold here in KY this winter, and they did great. Was a hot summer as well and they did fantastic. They molted a little late, I was afraid they'd get cold. One of my hens got broody for a few weeks and I thought I was going to lose her. But she made it! Then she did it again... grr... and molted. I thought she was a gonner for sure all naked and skinny. But once again, with some tough love, she pulled through and hasn't done it since!


Pros: Good layers, pretty birds, somewhat docile, good backyard bird.

Cons: Tend to get fat and they are rare.

 Barnevelders are great chickens to get for a backyard flock. They do best in free-range situations as they have tendencies of getting fat. Barnevelders are usually fairly good layers and a lovely looking birds. They are somewhat docile, they are commonly listed for a good pet breed. They are very rare though, they're one of those breeds that needs help! Barnevelders are a very new breed, which is why they're rare. Barnevelders are a nice breed.


Pros: Friendly Birds, Lays pretty eggs

Cons: Tend to get sick alot

They are good pets. Friendly and docile and lays pretty well. Only problem is they tend get sick alot. They are also a good rare breed to sell in the market.


Pros: Friendly, Nice looking, Easy to care for

Cons: Small eggs, Not as dark as we expected

We have kept these birds for a year now, and they are very nice. Their eggs are not as dark as advertised, and they are not excellent layers. They are beautiful birds, perfect for childeren, and very friendly. Ours always come to greet us when we visit their pen, and look for treats. A novice could keep them without problems. 


Pros: lovely temprament

Cons: slow growers

i rescued a pair of Barnvelders I would guess they were about 8 weeks old, they were so tiny.

Anyway they are now about 15 weeks and are now in the run with my other girls. They don't stand any nonsense from the other hens and will fight their corner but know when to back away, they will I think, turn out to be quite dominant as and when they fully mature.

We have named them Milly and Molly, they go and do everything together and are inseparable, so cute.

Looking forward to next February when hopefully we will get some lovely dark brown eggs.

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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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