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  • Breed Purpose:
    Dual Purpose
    Climate Tolerance:
    All Climates
    Egg Productivity:
    Egg Size:
    Egg Color:
    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

    According to Hans Schippers, the Dutch authority on the Barnevelder breed, development of this breed started around 1850 and 1875 when Cochin, Malay, Brahma and Croad Lanshan chickens arrived from Asia and were crossed with local fowl. One particular strain of brown egg laying fowl were similar to Black Cochins in appearance and were kept as a meat birds. Around 1885 these birds were crossed with Brahmas and the resulting offspring of this cross was crossed with Langshan. In 1898 "American utility birds", a rough version of the Golden Wyandotte were crossed into the developing breed, followed in 1906 by the addition of Buff Orpingtons. The Croad Langshan continued to have the biggest influence and contributed hardiness, brown eggs and good winter egg production.

    A similar account, without the influence of the "American utility birds", was given in 1930 by P. L. Wijk, District State Poultry Expert, Apeldoom and P. Ubbels, State Poultry Consultant, Beekbergen, The Netherlands, in his contribution on The Origin of the Barnevelder and Welsummer Breeds. The authors say that:

    "In 1899 it was ascertained that the fowls on the farms in the neighbourhood of Barneveld showed some uniformity. This could be explained by the fact that poultry keepers always obtained their setting eggs from the farmers who came to market with the finest eggs, and who as a rule used dark-coloured cocks for breeding."

    According to Wijk & Ubbels, efforts were made to obtain more uniformity in colour and type from 1910 onwards and the name Barnevelder dates from that time. An Association of Barneveld Breeders was established in 1921 which fixed the standard.
    Indian Game (Cornish) may also have been crossed into the Barnevelders in Britain, sometime after their importation in the 1920s.

    The breed gained worldwide recognition and was exported to many countries because of its ability to lay approximately 180-200 large brown eggs per year.

    The double-laced (red/gold) form was accepted to the APA standard in 1991.

    Barnevelder egg

    Barnevelder chicks

    Barnevelder juveniles

    Barnevelder hen

    Barnevelder rooster

    For more information on this breed and their owners' and breeders' experiences with them, see our breed discussion here:
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  • Chicken Breed Info:
    Breed Purpose:
    Dual Purpose
    Comb: Single
    Broodiness: Average
    Climate Tolerance: All Climates

    General Egg Info:
    Egg Productivity:
    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.


    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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Recent User Reviews

  1. BarnGems
    "Pretty birds"
    Pros - Not flighty, quiet,friendly, regal look, Black color looks green in sun light. Eggs are Medium tan with speckles.
    Cons - Not the best laying hens. 8 months to get the first egg, Egg is smaller than average sized large egg.
    Pretty, friendly, and not flighty. I was shocked by the very late laying age. Not the best choice if you want a reliable productive layer of large eggs. I wish I had know before buying about the very late average laying age. 8 months is my experience but many say up to 10 months to get the first egg. BV Tiny 6 mon.jpg
    Purchase Price:
    day old chicks $10 each
    Purchase Date:
    july 2018
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  2. MaryJanet
    "Very forthcoming chicken"
    Pros - Reliable layer, clever, busy, talkative, utterly awesome digger
    Cons - mine likes to be queen of cluckingham palace and everyone else better do what she says
    A very nice chicken with beautiful feathers (mine is double-laced gold). However, my Barny does not have the yellow legs they're supposed to have and nor are her eggs dark brown. So I guess there's some other type of chicken in her family tree. She is full of personality though and loves to dig. Digging is her very favourite thing to do. She thinks a two hour dig to find one bug is a great way to spend time. She's not hungry (they eat proper layer food all the time and treats every day too), she simply loves to dig. Very good at tolerating the heat and takes good care of herself, even drank the water with levamisole in it.
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  3. Butterscotchbitesfinger
    "They are gorgeous"
    Pros - I love this bird
    They are so sweet and will sit on my shoulder no problems what so ever
    Cons - Can be quite brutal to other pullets coming to join her
    5EA26886-6D5B-421C-BEFE-4F0375547F8C.jpeg Well she is only a pullet but when we introduced our Ancona she was very nasty to her the poor girl. Other than that Dutchess the bird had been a absolute delight I hope that she will be a beautiful bird when she grows up
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  1. mesalina87
    I have 2 4 week old barnevelders. Can't wait till they are a little bigger. The chicks are so sweet.
  2. sroy
    LOVE my barnie!! She is a splash blue double laced barnevelder.
  3. Cluckingham palace capers
    Double laced Barnevelders are hard to find here in Qld Australia.
  4. Chickielady
    Well, we have Silver, Brown and Blue double laced barnevelders and we love them.
    While the hens can be a bit suspicious and stand offish, the males of this breed are especially friendly and affectionate, and make great daddies too.
    The feed per-egg-laid ratio is great with these birds as they are great foragers !
    They tolerate heat and cold equally well, and are absolutely beautiful.
    This is one of the few chicken breeds where the females are as beautiful as the males !
    I highly recommend them.
  5. 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.
  6. coop410silkies
    Beautiful birds, nice pics.
  7. hayley3
    She's a beauty!
  8. ChickenWisperer
  9. Our Roost
  10. 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.

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