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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: Beautiful Body, Color, Lacing, Come running when I call, Very friendly and calm.

Cons: None

I HIGHLY recommend this breed. Some people mentioned in their reviews that a lot of the chicks died, that they're skiddish, that they don't bear as well with illness, etc, but really it depends on who you get them from, and each bird, no matter the breed, breeder, or how good/bad you treat them, will have it's own personality, whether it's bolder or skiddish. My breeder personally works very hard on making sure her birds are healthy, and friendly, she hand feeds the chickens she'll be selling all the time. I myself have never seen any signs of them being sick, nor have they ever shyed away, they love the attention.

I myself spend a little too much time socializing with my chickens, even sitting them on my lap while I read. Whenever I go outside to check on them, feed them, etc, I always call "chickie chickie chicke" in a very high pitched voice, letting them know it's me, and that they'll probably get a treat. I recommend this if you want your flock to come running in your direction, not the other way.

If you're interested in Barnevelder's from my breeder here's the link:

(Although she does not have Splash listed as an option, if you want one, just mention it to her when ordering chickens and she'd be happy to throw one in.)


I currently only own 2 barnevelder pullets, who have  long way to go before I can see if their egg color will be the dark color every expects or not, and to see their glorious filled out bodies.

It's just a shame that in the U.S only Double Laced Partridge is a recognized variety, I really wanted to show my blue barnevedler, since she has beautiful vibrant yellow legs, the broad chest, full body, the correct tail, everything the breed requires, EXCEPT.. these beautiful colors aren't recognized (although I see more commonly blue and black double laced vs double laced partridge, but what can you do?)



My Splash Barnevelder Poulet, Doodle:

I don't know why people aren't as fond of this variety, when she's finished growing she will be an absolute beauty!

Her build (compared to my Blue Barnie) was a little less filled out in this photo, but recently she's been catching up to her sister!

(That pose though)


My Blue Double Laced Barnevelder, Archer:

Archer is currently in the process of her feathers base color changing from black to blue. I recently thought I prefereed the black more, but I think she'll be just as stunning blue. 

(Though I do plan to go back to my breeder for a black pullet this time, since I raised these guys from chicks and had no idea what color Archer would be).


Archer is deifienty the bolder of the two, Doodle being the sneaky one. I love watching the two, Archer will snatch the food right from my hand and then Doodle will run in from behind and steal it.

I HIGHLY recommend this breed. Some people mentioned in their reviews that a lot of the chicks died, that they're skiddish, that they don't bear as well with illness, etc, but really it depends on who you get them from, and each bird, no matter the breed, breeder, or how good/bad you treat them, will have it's own personality, whether it's bolder or skiddish.


Pros: Beautiful, curious

Cons: Shy

I have one Barnevelder hen in my flock. She is never mean to the other chickens. She is definitely my best looking chicken. Whenever anyone looks at my flock, they always point her out as their favorite. Most are surprised "a chicken could look like that!". However, she is very shy and nervous. She is the last to try any new treats and is the lowest on the pecking order. I held her very often as a chick and even after that she is still cautious around me. I would recommend this breed if you are prepared to work a lot with it at a young age!




Pros: Beautiful, friendly, good with other chickens, not as mischievous as my other girls

Cons: Hasn't laid an egg yet, somewhat aloof

If you like the look of wyandottes, you'll love the look of Barnevelders. My Barnevelder is a great addition to my flock. She's very quiet (but when she does make noise she honks like a goose-hilarious!) and sweet to other chickens. She is sweet to us when she wants to be around, but she tends to be pretty aloof and doesn't enjoy socializing too much. My only complaint is that she is the only one of my girls who isn't laying yet and they're 8 months old. Holding out hope for springtime, though! In all, I would definitely get this breed again and would recommend them to anyone.


Pros: Very beautiful subtle coloring that needs to be seen to really appreciate, hens lay dark eggs and are calm birds, the roosters are calm nice roosters.

Cons: they don't lay a lot of eggs, and roosters are prone to frostbite

Love my Barnvelders, I will always have a few of these nice pretty chickens.


Pros: Pretty and good foragers

Cons: Skittish and get sick easily and die quickly as chicks

I bought 15 and I'm down to 9. 3 died from cocci and 6 caught it from whatever. My areas are clean - didn't get it. Anyhow, they are all fine now, but skittish. At four months old they are very pretty. I like 'm. We'll see if they last.


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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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