- 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.
For more information on this breed and their owners' and breeders' experiences with them, see our breed discussion here: https://www.backyardchickens.com/threads/chicken-breed-focus-barnevelder.1092477/
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Chicken Breed Info:
Breed Purpose: Dual Purpose
Climate Tolerance: All Climates
General Egg Info:
Egg Productivity: Medium
Egg Size: Medium
Egg Color: Brown
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.
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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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.
"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.
"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
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