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Discussion in 'Chicken Breeders & Hatcheries' started by centrarchid, Aug 25, 2010.
Anyone know where I can get either of these breeds in the U.S.A.?
Late post - but TMK the American Holland or just Holland is hard to find as I went to several old listed breeders and no one breeds them any more. Also, found that they are laying more tinted rather than white eggs from when they were originally created. Some breeders have stopped raising them because of health issues and limited diverse stock. Since the Holland was a created breed I don't feel badly that they are almost gone. The Barred Rocks seem to be hardier and preferred by backyarders.
The North Holland Blue I believe is still only found in Europe.
Personally, I turned to the Dominique for a gentler, calm, barred bird that is also a heritage breed slowly recovering in the USA. It is not a real heavy fowl but still a good forager, good feed ratio, good layer and with some meat on them should you choose to go that way. I didn't go with Barred Rock as I've had them before and they are sometimes not nice to their flockmates plus they have a larger straight comb and I prefer the Doms smaller combs for my hens in winter. Just my 2 cents - Smiles.
There is an American Holland group with several people offering eggs, chicks and started birds on BYC. I don't know how to link the group, but check the posts I have made and you should see the group there.
It's interesting you should feel that way, Sylvester. Myself, I am interested in bettering the breed because they ARE created. I guess it takes all kinds.
When I was trying to find someone breeding the Holland all the identifiable contacts either were an expired address, a different group, or a breeder that no longer bred them because of health issues or difficulty getting the eggs white. It was such a mystery trying to find a breeder that we went with a Dom which turned out to be a pleasant surprise for us. I'm sure the Holland is a lovely breed or I wouldn't have expressed interest in it to begin with. However we can only have 5 hens and no roos so breeding or bettering any breed is out of the question for this humble backyarder. I am so happy to hear the Holland is still around! Some hatcheries have discontinued them and I thought they were extinct
I would be really interested in the names you pursued. Off the top of my head, the one serious breeder who has stopped was Duane Urch/Turnland. I just hosted a get-together yesterday and Craig Russell, the president of the SPPA, was the speaker. We spent several hours talking about Hollands since the 70s, who had what flock and what happened to them. He also shed some light on their demise. He knew ALOT of people and while I have only ever heard of them, I am intrigued if any of those people were people you pursued.
I am really happy the Dom has been "the one" for you. I have met so many people with them in the last 6 months, I confess to wondering what it is about them that makes them so popular. . I hope my comment about the created birds didn't come off as snarky. I love the puzzle that the Holland presents and the motivations behind its creation. Perhaps we can persuade each other of our chickens' awesomeness! . Take care.
Give me a few days as this weekend is REALLY busy with prepping for my DH's birthday. I will have to review if I still have the sources I pursued but I do believe Duane Urch/Turnland was one of the few I was able to find listed but discontinued Hollands. I had some emails sent to some breeders but don't know if I kept them in my history after they replied negatively but one can hope I kept them! Talk with you in a few days!
Not a problem! I just had a 16th birthday here and school is about a week away so I completely understand. I have a small flock of Hollands, but it's an uphill battle.