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Pros: Consistent layers of medium large eggs, great bug catchers, good free range, thrifty, self sufficient, very hardy

Cons: can be flighty, not a good pet, single purpose bird

It is quite pretty to see a flock of these girls working the pasture for insects and forage. They are very independent, and preffer to be together even in a mixed flock Their independent nature is their greatest asset, that said they are excellent fliers and will go where they please and prefer to roost in the trees, unless they are coop trained!

My Lakenvelders proved to be a challenge, requiring ALOT of handling as chicks to tame. They are high energy birds, that love to roam, preferring to forage. Unlike their reputation as non setters, non broody, my girls proved to be very broody, raising their young very wild though, and they kicked the eggs of the other breeds out of the nest, only brooding their own! I guess it depends on their environment, as to how they brood, mine found the old tree stumps as the place to nest and brood, although one girl hatched her brood in the coop.

They are similar to the Leghorn in production of white, medium to large eggs, and continue to lay through molt and winter. Even though a large combed breed they have not sufferred comb freeze, and handle summers high heat and dry conditions very well.

 I highly reccommend these birds for someone who isnt looking for a pet, but wants a bird that is low maintance, self sufficient, extremely hardy, bug controlling, excellent egg producing, predator savy, good in confinement or free range.Perfect for the working person who dosent have a lot of time to spend with their flock but wants great eggs!

With alot of handling, these birds will tame down, but most likely not be lap chickens, though, my girls will let me pick them up for a very brief cuddle...too many bugs to chase, too much to do, busy, busy!


Pros: Very protective to flock, handsome, tastes like chicken

Cons: Mean to anything not a chicken, mean to other chickens, chicken flavor a little too intense for my taste

I had one of these in my assorted batch of day olds from McMurray.  He became aggressive to my wife and daughter at first but ok with me and later turned on me also.  He and another rooster were pretty hard on some of the lower cockerels and constantly fighting.  So I ate him.  His meat was a little tough but not overly so.  And i would describe the flavor as extremely chickeny even a little gamey.  The dark meat is VERY dark.


I wouldn't bother getting any more of these.


Pros: active foragers, lovely color, good egg production

Cons: aggressive, flighty

I currently have one Lakenvelder hen who is a little over 2 years old. She is a lovely bird who hunts grubs and worms like a pro and is always attentive to potential predators. She is also very noisy and a bit of a sassy pants. She occasionally crows at 6:30 am and also "sings" for about an hour before and after she makes her egg. It is a very distracting sound since my hens live in my small backyard in the city. So far I am able to bribe my neighbors into silence with free eggs. She is a reliable layer. She laid 160 eggs last year and 80 so far this year. The eggs are cream colored and average around 56 grams a piece. I love my Lakenvelder's saucy attitude but I would not recommend this hen for people with small children or first time flock owners. Lakenvelders are beautiful but fiesty. It takes a lot of time and patients to train this rather wild bird to adapt to coop life and living with people. 


My hen, Salt, being a sassy pants.


My Lakenvelder, Salt, in attack mode. She will peck and kick you if you get in her space. It doesn't matter if you are a chicken, human, or squirrel.


Pros: Cute, gorgeous, very friendly once you catch them

Cons: Hard to catch, flighty, aggressive to new birds

I have a two month old Golden Lakenvelder pullet named Claire. She is my absolute favorite chicken. She is difficult to catch, but once I catch her I could probably throw her in the air and she would not care. Probably not a good breed for an inexperienced chicken keeper, due to their dominance in the pecking order and aggressive nature to new chickens. Overall, a nice bird.


Pros: They are beautiful.

Cons: Aggressive with other birds,not friendly.Small eggs and not many of them.

Beautiful to look at and that's just about it on the plus side.

Aggressive,flighty,and not very productive.


Pros: Looks

Cons: flighty, small eggs

I had a cream colored one. I almost thought it was a type of banty.  It loved being high up in the trees. It was almost impossible to catch. It lived long enough to prove that the eggs were small. This breed did not pass the test of surviving free ranging and was not useful.


Pros: Nice sized white eggs for their size, excellent foragers, good feed conversion, not prone to going broody

Cons: Can be flighty and will not go broody

I have the golden variety, beautiful color! It is hard to find properly marked stock, most will have black on the body when it should be solid gold except on the neck and tail. Every one of them was a flighty lunatic, a good thing for free range, they trust nothing. Their size let's them fly well, be it away from danger or out of a pen. The gold coloration provides some protection from birds of prey.


Reliable layer of nice sized white eggs, given the size of the birds. Not good for meat being medium sized and light. They will not take a break to go broody.. good for a laying operation but not good if you were expecting babies from them naturally.


Pros: Lays fairly well, Beautiful Bird

Cons: Aggressive to new birds, sometimes flighty

The Lakenvelder is a good bird. They aren't fabulous at meat or egg production, but they are nice little pets. They have been aggressive to some of our new birds, but not severely aggressive like some of our game. If you want a good looking bird, then you might consider getting one of these. 


Pros: small, pretty, fair layer of small cream/white eggs

Cons: poor forger

everyone says theres are mean and flighty mine was a little angel not perfectly tame but was ok with handling/catching not mean to anything or anyone. She wasnt the best standerd of the breed more of a 3rd place bird but sill over all nice


Pros: Beautiful Birds

Cons: Agressive; Flighty; Low Egg Productivity

I chose this breed as a first time chicken owner, along with a cross-section of easy breeds for their look and because I wanted to continue a line of this rare bird. What I ended up with was an overabundance of blood shed and angry neighbors. My rooster (aptly renamed "Norman Bates") became unmanageable, extremely aggressive, though not very protective of his harem. He was an extremely light sleeper, and crowed at the moon, to my and my neighbors' discontent. I could not enter my backyard without him making a ruckus, without ever stopping. When he and his flock were free grazing in the backyard, he set out to pick a fight with anyone who dared enter the garden. My wounds never had a chance to heal, and by the time I was finally able to rehome him, he gave me a bloody hand as a parting gift (I still bare the scar).


Unless you are a patient soul and don't mind a daily blood letting, I do not recommend this breed, especially if you have loved ones you don't like to see harmed. Conserving this breed may not be a good idea after all!


The Lakenvelder is a Dutch breed from the dutch town Lakervelt. First exhibited in England in 1902. Admitted to the Standard in 1939. They are rare in the states. They are bred for egg production. They have white skin and are a nonsitting breed.

Breed PurposeEgg Layer
Climate ToleranceAll Climates
Egg ProductivityMedium
Egg SizeSmall
Egg ColorWhite
Breed TemperamentFlighty,Bears confinement well,Shy
Breed Colors/VarietiesSilver lakenvelder: black white black; blue white blue; brown white brown are being created. Buff white buff are being created but it is not a lakenvelderpattern genetically. Vorwerk is the Dutch breed with the black gold black pattern.
Breed SizeLarge Fowl
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC

Chicken Breed Info:

Breed Purpose: Egg Layer
Comb: Single
Broodiness: Seldom
Climate Tolerance: All Climates

General Egg Info:

Egg Productivity: High
Egg Size: Small
Egg Color: White

Breed Temperament:

Flighty,Bears confinement well,Shy

Breed Colors / Varieties:

Silver lakenvelder: black white black; blue white blue; brown white brown are being created. Buff white buff are being created but it is not a lakenvelderpattern genetically. Vorwerk is the Dutch breed with the black gold black pattern.

Breed Details:

The Lakenvelder is an attention getter with it's graceful carriage and contrasts of black and white plumage. They like to be busy. In my experience they are shy, not overly friendly breed. They are not agressive and get along well with other chickens. They are good foragers on free range but also take confinement well.

Hens are pretty independent and do not tend to go broody. You can count on good egg production with this egg layer breed. Eggs are small to medium in size and brown tinted white color. Following is some information from the American Poultry Association Standard of Perfection:

Standard Weights:

  • Cock 5 pounds
  • Cockerel 4 pounds
  • Hen 4 pounds
  • Pullet 3 1/2 pounds

According to the standard colors for males:

  • Comb, face, wattles: Bright red. The comb having five distinct points.
  • Beak: Dark horn
  • Eyes: Deep red
  • Ear-lobes: Enamel white
  • Head: Plumage, rich black the blacker the better
  • Neck: Plumage, rich black the blacker the better
  • Back: White; Saddle - black the blacker the better. In Holland we don't want the saddle of the males too black.
  • Tail: Deep, lustrous black
  • Wings: Surface plumage, white; Flights - lower web, white; supper web black, which runs around the end of feathers. Secondaries - lower webs, black; upper webs, white, sufficient to give a white surface when the wing is folded.
  • Breast: White
  • Body and Fluff: White
  • Legs and Toes: Lower Thighs - white; Shanks and toes - slate.
  • Undercolor of all sections: Slate is not objectionable so long as it does not interfere with a clean white surface in those sections where it is required. In Holland we want the underfuff to be slate.

According to the standard colors for females are similar to males. Plumage surface color in all sections white except head, neck and tail, which should be deep rich black, the blacker the better.


  • Color other than black or white in any part of the plumage. Plumage heavily marked with black on surface or those sections described as white.

Contributors to this breed listing are Henk69 and okiehen for her egg photo. Thanks.


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