- Breed Purpose:
- Dual Purpose
- Climate Tolerance:
- All Climates
- Egg Productivity:
- Egg Size:
- Egg Color:
- Breed Temperament:
- Friendly,Easily handled,Calm,Bears confinement well,Docile
- Breed Colors/Varieties:
- They are most widely known as barred, but they do also come in white.
- Breed Size:
- Large Fowl
The Holland is a rather rare breed, unusual in that it is a non-Mediterranean class breed that lays white eggs. It is an excellent dual-purpose breed and a good laying hen with a calm, quiet temperament. It is becoming popular with small flock owners looking for a calmer white egg layer to add to a mixed flock for a colorful egg basket.
They are a good sized bird that is slow growing, but are good free range birds and excellent foragers. They are single combed with medium sized comb and wattles. They are quite weather hardy, tolerating both heat and cold. They come in two colors, barred and white, though barred is the primary color today. The hens will brood occasionally and they are excellent mothers.
They were developed in the 1930’s by the Rutgers University Breeding Farm in New Jersey, USA as a dual-purpose white egg layer, in response to the American market’s preference for white table eggs, since at that time all other dual-purpose breeds were brown egg layers. Various breeds were used in its development including birds imported from Holland (hence the name). Imports including The North Holland Blue as well as local Leghorns, Australorps and Barred Plymouth Rocks were used to create the Barred Holland. It was first introduced to the public in 1934.
It was recognized by the APA in 1949 and is on The Livestock Conservancy’s list as a breed in Critical status.
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-holland.1022794/
Chicken Breed Info:
Breed Purpose: Dual Purpose
Climate Tolerance: All Climates
General Egg Info:
Egg Productivity: Medium
Egg Size: Medium
Egg Color: White
Friendly,Easily handled,Calm,Bears confinement well,Docile
Breed Colors / Varieties:
They are most widely known as barred, but they do also come in white.
Barred Hollands can be sexed by their color from day one & in my book that is a good thing. Notice the male is lighter in the adolecent picture. I find these birds to be calm & gentle, a pleasure to have in my flock. In general they are quiet, but when you go near them they talk to you.
Recent User Reviews
"Kind and Mild Bird"
Pros - Kind to most birds, mild temperament, good layer
Cons - Can be food-agressive
I got one with my original four birds (a d'uccle mix, a d'Anvers roo, a Barred Rock and the Holland) and through many flock additions and flock shakeups she's been a pretty and kind bird. She lays a cream-colored, almost white egg regularly and has only stopped because of molt and snow. My only complaint is that she is a food hog during feeding time and can peck at flock mates if she thinks they are too close to her share of the food. Otherwise she's a lovely bird to own and earns her keep.
"Simply amazing birds!"
Pros - Great layers of XXL eggs, VERY calm, extremely friendly, non bird-aggressive, good foragers, HARDY!
Cons - None. What so ever.
The Holland is one of those dreamy, perfect breeds for every owner of a mixed flock or the person who desires good producing birds that are friendly and low-stress.
This is a breed that EVERYONE should own.
Not only are they beautiful, unflinchingly calm, quiet and sedate, they're great layers of XXL white eggs. Extremely hardy, they've done superbly well for me in a so. KY climate - winters below 0 with windchill, snow, and ice, and summers well over 100 degrees with humidity so bad you can't hardly breathe. They're great in coops or as freeranging foragers. Best of all? They fit in GREAT in just about any flock, and are just as personable with people as they are other chickens. I adore this breed!
And it's not like they're hard to look at either.
Pros - Calm, not easily frightened, not aggressive. Dependable layers of med sized white (some lay creme colored) eggs
Cons - My Roo is aggressive toward the other Roos.
Have Teenagers now no eggs yet. Hope to Repost Later
They are beautifully barred birds, not flighty, not afraid, but not super friendly. . . . My Roo is aggressive to other roos, but not to humans. He's also a little rough on the hens. Their numbers are declining, I plan to continue with them.