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  • 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.

    Lakenvelder chicks

    Lakenvelder juvenile

    bantam Lakenvelder P.jpg
    Lakenvelder hen

    bantam Lakenvelder K.jpg
    Lakenvelder rooster

    For more information on this breed and their owners' and breeders' experiences with them, see our breed discussion here:
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  • Chicken Breed Info:
    Breed Purpose:
    Egg Layer
    Comb: Single
    Broodiness: Seldom
    Climate Tolerance: All Climates

    General Egg Info:
    Egg Productivity:
    Egg Size: Small
    Egg Color: White

    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 Details:
    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:
    Standard Weights:
    • Cock 5 pounds
    • Cockerel 4 pounds
    • Hen 4 pounds
    • Pullet 3 1/2 pounds
    According to the standard colors for males:
    • 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.
    According to the standard colors for females are similar to males. Plumage surface color in all sections white except head, neck and tail, which should be deep rich black, the blacker the better.
    • 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.
    Contributors to this breed listing are Henk69 and okiehen for her egg photo. Thanks.






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Recent User Reviews

  1. BarredRockMommy
    "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. 20160815_171103.jpg
  2. Minnowey
    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.[​IMG]
    Hornet and Owlet, 10 minutes ago.
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  3. CochinLover1
    "Great breed"
    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.
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  1. Chicken Boy 101
    Cool chicken.
  2. Greg Mann
    They sure sound like a fun challenge... ;o)
  3. missbecky
    LOL! This description was hilarious! I had to show my husband this response from a guy... which had me choking I laughed so hard. He described the bird alright ...bwahahaha!
  4. MsPoultry
    Great review!
  5. Sylvester017
    Lovely review. You told it like it is but without bashing the breed. Some breeds are indeed wilder in temperament but still have other great qualities. You obviously care for your little "monster" as I have cared for some other monster breeds of my own LOL! The important thing is to research breed temperaments in advance so that gentler breed temperaments are not mixed with wilder breed temperament. We love Leghorn varieties but ultimately had to re-home them because of their overly assertive Mediterranean temperaments around non-combatives like bantams and Ameraucanas.
  6. fiddlechicken
    " He was mean... so I ate him." (I mean, really how often can you say that? Cracks me up!)
  7. happyhenhouse
    Want to add my obsevations because many of the above remarks may discourage many potential owners off. I have 6, 3 white and 3 gold. They're very friendly with each other but do chase off the younger Welsumers, although not very aggressively. I wouldn't call them flighty, just cautious and very, very busy, running around and checking everything out. O.K. a disclaimer, my girls are just 6 weeks old and may get more bossy with age, but so far they're very nice to have and so pretty.
  8. happyhenhouse
    Oooh, she''s very pretty. Was she always feisty? I have 6, 3 white 3 gold, but not as clean as your Salt. They're only 6 weeks and all still get along nicely. But, they do chase off the Welsummers who are 2 weeks younger. The 2 BR, also younger, are standing their ground. Hoping it's just normal pecking order occuring.
  9. Chickengirl47
    I have 1 Lakenvelder, but she is very shy, as we got her when she was a couple months old.
  10. Coko
    Marengoite, they came from a hatchery. I still have the occasional nightmare being attacked by Norman, but thankfully, it's less occurring a year after he left my property.

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