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Barnevelder

Average User Rating:
4/5,
  • Breed Purpose:
    Dual Purpose
    Comb:
    Single
    Broodiness:
    Average
    Climate Tolerance:
    All Climates
    Egg Productivity:
    Medium
    Egg Size:
    Medium
    Egg Color:
    Brown
    Breed Temperament:
    Friendly,Calm,Bears confinement well
    Breed Colors/Varieties:
    Only the dark brown, double laced bird is available in the US.
    Breed Size:
    Large Fowl
    Under construction!
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  • 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
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    Hens / Pullets​
    "vB" line pullet owned by: Winnetka Farms Johan line pullet owned by: pinkchick

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    Chicks
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Recent User Reviews

  1. GertrudeLover01
    5/5,
    "Good but sometimes aloof"
    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.
    Overall:
    5
    Purchase Date:
    2016-04-02
  2. likkatron
    5/5,
    "GREAT bird, I have had NO problems with them,..."
    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: http://northwoodspoultry.com/blue-double-laced-barnevelder.htm
    (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:
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    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:
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    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).

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    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.
    Overall:
    5
    Purchase Price:
    9.00
    Purchase Date:
    2015-10-11
  3. oldhenlikesdogs
    4/5,
    "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.
    Overall:
    4

User Comments

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  1. bobhoke
    Well the Barnevelder (B) experience was different. As chicks they are flighty and I ended up with four roosters and five hens. As you see I'm just out of the brooder so I'm making mistakes. Anyhow I had four B roosters. One white, one splash and two brown ones. I had no idea how rare the white was so I ate it because it was very brutal to our hens. Had I known how rare he was I would have found a way to calm him. Anyhow, I also got a white hen from the seller and she is doing great. Her first egg had no shell. It was just membrane, yolk, and egg white - weird, but they are all laying now finally. B birds are definitely distinct. I have one white, one splash, and four brown ones. Beautiful birds.
  2. coop410silkies
    Beautiful birds, nice pics.
  3. hayley3
    She's a beauty!
  4. ChickenWisperer
  5. Our Roost
  6. Sylvester017
    Of course there are individuals within a breed that can be an oddball and actually be extremely good pets but I researched some dark egg breeds - different varieties of Marans, Welsummers, Barnevelders, and some who claim Langshan eggs can be dark. So we tried a Cuckoo Marans through a breeder since they were the "in" breed for "chocolate" eggs. But we found our girl nippy, combative, calm around humans, but a snot to her flockmates and always challenging the alpha hen or bullying the Silkies. We re-homed her into an egg-layer flock where she is a lower pecking order status but still takes unpleasant "nips" at passers-by. Her eggs were so-so on the egg color chart but we were more concerned to have a bird that played "nice" with the other breeds. Our friend's BCMs from a breeder were a bit bossy too. The breeder ended her BCMs to breed the nicer rare Coronation Sussex. When I researched the Wellies they were not reportedly touchy-feely pets and a bit flighty or standoffish and most of the eggs I saw were not uniform - spotty, dark, light, etc, just like our Marans was. I get all sorts of different feedback re Barnevelders but my main concern with them is their large size next to our Silkies.

    Apparently it's a matter of finding a breeder that breeds more for egg color rather than SOP appearance if dark eggs is your goal. If you want a show bird the egg color kind of seems to take a back seat in breeding. I know, I know, there will be 50 people disagreeing but it's the most common feedback I got and I found the dark egg breeds not the best flockmates with other breeds. After having Cuckoo and BC Marans my friend and I felt they'd be best kept in a flock of their own breed. They didn't do well in her confined pens with other egg breeds and mine didn't do well in a free-range small backyard with our gentle breeds. Just sharing and throwing out there what happened to me. As fun as it might seem to have a colorful egg basket, not all the breeds necessarily make good flockmates. Our blue egg layer is so sweet, gentle, and shy, and our dark egg layer was a holy terror on her mates. Be prepared to face that a dark egg layer is rarely a lap pet (ours only approached us for food) but if eggs is all you want then be prepared to watch the dual purpose birds duke it out in the flock a bit more vigorously then other gentler docile breeds. LOL.
  7. ShellyJensen
    I'm bummed the eggs really aren't that dark! I am dying to get some deep chocolate colored eggs.
  8. Theofire88
    She also may still be feeling stress after-effects, chickens are REALLY weird sometimes ;p
  9. Sydney Acres
    I would only get them from a private breeder with good quality stock, as you did. I got mine from a hatchery, and am quite disappointed with them. Yes, they're beautiful, but they're quite needy and disruptive to the rest of the flock. I had to separate them from the others at night because they constantly were trying to get underneath other birds, to the point that no one was sleeping. Now they just push each other around on the perches. They are dominant and aggressive, despite being quite undersized. I slaughtered all the cockerels at 6 months old, they were so problematic, despite initially wanting to breed them. I've kept 6 hens in my layer flock, and after 2 years I'm going to slaughter 4 of the 6. I rarely slaughter my hens, as I have plenty of room to let them live out their lives as long as they're not disruptive. But these girls are quite problematic. This is a good example of the difference between hatchery quality and breeder quality birds. This is not a negative comment on the breed, as almost all hatchery birds will be a sad reflection of the breed's potential. Would probably try this breed again from a real breeder if I still wanted the breed, but have found that my interests lie elsewhere.
  10. N F C
    These are on my 'wish list', can hardly wait to try them! Nice review.

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