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Barnevelder Reviews

Positive Reviews

Sailing Dede

Beautiful Birds


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...
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Intelligent and beautiful


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...
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Negative Reviews


GORGEOUS birds, decent layers - but really skittish


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.  

Poor Temperament in Hatchery Bird


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.

More Reviews


Amazing Birds


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.

Wonderful Breed


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.

GREAT bird, I have had NO problems with them, and I'm in love with their color, disposition, lacing, and body shape, just PERFECT!


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...
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Beautiful birds


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.
Free as a Bird

Lovely breed, Gorgeous feathers


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: 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...
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beautiful birds, glossy plumage


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.

Mild mannered and pretty but is that worth it?


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.
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