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

General Egg Info:
Egg Productivity:
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.