I have a small flock of Barred Holland chickens. I bought chicks from Ideal Poultry in the spring of 2009. I also bought eggs from a lady who purchased her birds from Ideal Poultry and hatched them out. The chicks do not seem as vibrant as other breeds and I lost many of them. I have checked and so far I have only found Ideal Poultry, Sand Hill Preservation and Duane Urch/ Turnland Poultry as the only breeders offering this breed. I really like this breed and want to work with them to improve thier qualities. I have only one rooster, two hens and two pullets. They do lay a medium white egg. My hens are in thier first year of laying. The pullets I hatched this year and should start laying come early spring. The chicks are sexed link, lighter colors males while darker colors females. My hens are not excellent layers. They are good natured. I have small children who help out with the feeding and egg gathering and the birds are calm around them. My goals are to increase egg size from medium to large. To increase the number of eggs layed per year. Of course early maturing would be good too. I need more genetic material to work with and I would like to keep in contact with folks who are raising this breed too.