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Chicken Breeds item created by Super Admin, Jan 10, 2012
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.
Pros - great forager, great layers, excellent parents, and calm, and beautiful
Cons - a little rowdy when young, age 2-4 months of age
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.
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.
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:
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:
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).
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.
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.
Pros - Pretty and good foragers
Cons - Skittish and get sick easily and die quickly as chicks
I bought 15 and I'm down to 9. 3 died from cocci and 6 caught it from whatever. My areas are clean - didn't get it. Anyhow, they are all fine now, but skittish. At four months old they are very pretty. I like 'm. We'll see if they last.
Pros - Beautiful, curious
Cons - Shy
I have one Barnevelder hen in my flock. She is never mean to the other chickens. She is definitely my best looking chicken. Whenever anyone looks at my flock, they always point her out as their favorite. Most are surprised "a chicken could look like that!". However, she is very shy and nervous. She is the last to try any new treats and is the lowest on the pecking order. I held her very often as a chick and even after that she is still cautious around me. I would recommend this breed if you are prepared to work a lot with it at a young age!
Pros - friendly, & calm,large to extra large brown eggs
Cons - they're rare
We purchased our Barnies August of 2014 as feathered out chicks, from a breeder in N.C. we collected our first egg on Christmas day! We have five hens and two roosters, all housed together in a large coop with large attached run. The run is covered with netting because while they're young they can fly over a four foot fence,as they mature they're much heavier so I don't think they could manage it now! I'm very happy with this breed including the roosters. They get along well together and are not aggressive to us.The Brown eggs have increased in size quicly to large to some extra large. they are very beautiful and would be a good choice for anyone who wants a fairly quite good natured flock of great laying hens. Also dual purpose
i really want this chicken