- Breed Purpose:
- Egg Layer
- Climate Tolerance:
- All Climates
- Egg Productivity:
- Egg Size:
- Egg Color:
- Breed Temperament:
- Flighty,Bears confinement well,Shy
- Breed Colors/Varieties:
- Silver lakenvelder: black white black;blue white blue;brown white brown are being created.Buff white buff are being created but it is not a lakenvelderpattern genetically. Vorwerk is the Dutch breed with the black gold black pattern.
- Breed Size:
- Large Fowl
The Lakenvelder breed originated in the Nordrhein-Westfalen area of Germany and neighbouring areas of the Netherlands, notably the Utrecht area. Both regions follow a slightly different breed standard. They are thought to be a distant relative of the Brakel and Campine breeds, as well as some local rare breeds of the era. The breed was popular during the first half of the 1800’s but were replaced by the more productive Barnevelder breed by the end of the century.Thought to be named after the town of Lakenvelt in the Netherlands,it was first recorded in 1727 and was imported into Britain in 1901, where it was shown in Shrewsbury in 1902.
The breed was exported to the USA from Britain somewhere around 1905 and was admitted to the APA's Standard of Perfection in 1939.
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-lakenvelder.1116268/
Chicken Breed Info:
Breed Purpose: Egg Layer
Climate Tolerance: All Climates
General Egg Info:
Egg Productivity: High
Egg Size: Small
Egg Color: White
Flighty,Bears confinement well,Shy
Breed Colors / Varieties:
Silver lakenvelder: black white black; blue white blue; brown white brown are being created. Buff white buff are being created but it is not a lakenvelderpattern genetically. Vorwerk is the Dutch breed with the black gold black pattern.
The Lakenvelder is an attention getter with it's graceful carriage and contrasts of black and white plumage. They like to be busy. In my experience they are shy, not overly friendly breed. They are not agressive and get along well with other chickens. They are good foragers on free range but also take confinement well.
Hens are pretty independent and do not tend to go broody. You can count on good egg production with this egg layer breed. Eggs are small to medium in size and brown tinted white color. Following is some information from the American Poultry Association Standard of Perfection:
- Cock 5 pounds
- Cockerel 4 pounds
- Hen 4 pounds
- Pullet 3 1/2 pounds
- Comb, face, wattles: Bright red. The comb having five distinct points.
- Beak: Dark horn
- Eyes: Deep red
- Ear-lobes: Enamel white
- Head: Plumage, rich black the blacker the better
- Neck: Plumage, rich black the blacker the better
- Back: White; Saddle - black the blacker the better. In Holland we don't want the saddle of the males too black.
- Tail: Deep, lustrous black
- Wings: Surface plumage, white; Flights - lower web, white; supper web black, which runs around the end of feathers. Secondaries - lower webs, black; upper webs, white, sufficient to give a white surface when the wing is folded.
- Breast: White
- Body and Fluff: White
- Legs and Toes: Lower Thighs - white; Shanks and toes - slate.
- Undercolor of all sections: Slate is not objectionable so long as it does not interfere with a clean white surface in those sections where it is required. In Holland we want the underfuff to be slate.
- Color other than black or white in any part of the plumage. Plumage heavily marked with black on surface or those sections described as white.
Recent User Reviews
"Not a huge fan"
Pros - Intelligent and Pretty
Cons - Flighty, Too smart, don't do confinement, crazy, fast, not docile at all
This was just my personal Lakenvelder probably, but oh my goodness she ruined it for me. No more lakenvelders for us. She was a very flighty, didn't lay well(maybe an egg every 2 weeks), would attack anything including people, and not to mention absolutely insane. The only time she wasn't crazy was when she was attacked by our australorp and she was really chill, but I think it was because she hurt so bad. I hope you all had better luck than me. My girl has spurs, huge red comb and wattles. She has every single rooster characteristic, except she layed eggs.
Pros - Friendly to people, beautiful, learn fast, intelligent
Cons - Gives a new meaning to "Does not handle confinement".
Mine are a week old, so I don't have a lot to judge on yet, but they've been so full of character that I was afraid I'd forget some of their antics by the time they reach maturity. I'll update when they do. I have a golden, Hornet, and a silver, Owlet. They are from Ideal Hatchery. I bought them at a feed store while traveling, and had them in a box. They began to fly out on Day 2. The box was 2 or 3 times their height. It was impossible to put them down for a nap, they wouldn't sleep at all during the day. So far, I have not seen them nap. They prefer to explore. When they were in their box, I'd leave the room, and 5 minutes later, I'd find them "foraging" in the kitchen. They love people, run right up to me when I come home. I ended up taking them outside, because it was warm and sunny. They had no problem with the weather, and were able to stay outside for a little less than an hour. Right now, I am watching them run around on the floor, eating crumbled mealworm and hopping about. They have not been aggressive with my other chicks, unlike my Sumatras. Neither one has been phased by bigger chicks, or any thing else for that matter. They seem more clean conscious than usual, not pooing in their food and water, spilling their water less often, etc. I would definitely not recommend for a backyard flock, because they do NOT like confinement. They flew out of the box when they were less than a week, and now, at one week old today, they come running out whenever given the chance. They are loud, but good birds so far.
Hornet and Owlet, 10 minutes ago.
Pros - This breed is a good egg laying breed and very sweet.
Cons - A bit flighty, but this is a really good thing if you have free range chickens.
I have 9 Lakenvelders currently. All of mine are very friendly and sociable. They lay creamy colored eggs and are a good egg laying breed. They aren't a duel purpose breed, they are slightly bigger than bantams.