Average User Rating:
  • 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
    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:
    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. Blisstw
    "Love our Barnie bantams"
    Pros - Beautiful, active, entertaining. Friendly but not too friendly
    Cons - The bantam doesn't lay the typical dark egg of their larger cousins. Instead the eggs are an attractive tan, and decent size in relation to the hen.
    We have a small flock of 4 Barnvelder bantam girls (plus roosters that live elsewhere) that we adore. I've noticed several people mention that the Barneveders are not friendly but ours follow us around like puppies and are generally ok with being handled. I suppose I enjoy watching them more than handling them so maybe it's just perspective...

    The girls have just started laying and I'm impressed that the eggs are already averaging 37g. Compared to larger breeds I find these birds to be very attractive, sweet, quiet, clean, easy on my yard and fun to be around. They really are beautiful and have been an excellent addition to our home. The 4 hens should reduce (but not entirely eliminate) our need for organic store bought eggs.

    These are currently rare in the US and as such are expensive as well as hard to get. The effort and expense were well worth it for us though. We plan on expanding the flock and sticking with this lovely little breed once we move out of the city limits and have more space.
    Purchase Price:
    $35 or more per chick
    Purchase Date:
    May 2017


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  2. Chickielady
    Pros - great forager, great layers, excellent parents, and calm, and beautiful
    Cons - a little rowdy when young, age 2-4 months of age
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  3. lbierly
    "great breed"
    Pros - Calm, pretty
    Cons - let other chicken pick on them
    Very pretty Breed, calm gets along with other breeds. Will be at the bottom of picking order.

User Comments

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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. coop410silkies
    Beautiful birds, nice pics.
  4. hayley3
    She's a beauty!
  5. ChickenWisperer
  6. Our Roost
  7. 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.
  8. ShellyJensen
    I'm bummed the eggs really aren't that dark! I am dying to get some deep chocolate colored eggs.
  9. Theofire88
    She also may still be feeling stress after-effects, chickens are REALLY weird sometimes ;p
  10. 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.
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