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Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Eagle2026, Jan 8, 2010.
Just a taste, here are mine.
The darker eggs are from some Marans
Beautiful birds(and precious babies).
I hope in the near future I can see some Barnevelders in other peoples flocks.
Beautiful! What kind of camera did you shoot the egg pics with? It is the coolest pic... layout, colors, etc.
Can't turn off the photography bug, either...
That would be the :
Quote:I hope you don't mind my asking you a couple of foolish questions, but I have some Silver Lakenvelders which, of course, are small birds. Are the Barnvelders standard size or banty sized?
Also, is there some kind of gentic link between the Barnvelder and Lakenvelder?
The coloration on the Barnvelders is gorgeous!
Their a standard breed but classified as Medium.
I will try to find the link that has there history.
Hans Schippers, the Dutch authority on the breed, reports the following on the development of the Barnevelders : Between c. 1850 and 1875 Cochin, Malay, Brahma and Croad Langshan arrived from Asia and were crossed with local fowl. One particular strain of brown egg laying fowl were like Black Cochins in appearance and were kept as a meat bird (these were not, however, purebred Cochins). Around 1885 these birds were crossed with Brahmas and the offspring of this cross was crossed with Langshan. In 1898 American utility birds ("Amerikaanse Nuthoenders"), a rough version of the Golden Wyandotte (apparently not dissimilar to the American Winnebago, a precursor to the Golden-laced Wyandotte) were crossed into the developing breed followed in 1906 by Buff Orpingtons. Overall in the development to follow the Croad Langshan continued to have the biggest influence and contributed hardiness, brown eggs and good winter production.
A similar account, bar the influence of the "Amerikaanse Nuthoenders", was given in 1930 by P. L. Wijk, District State Poultry Expert, Apeldoorn and P. Ubbels, State Poultry Consultant, Beekbergen, The Netherlands in his contribution on The Origin of the Barnevelder and Welsummer Breeds . The authors add that
"n 1899 it was ascertained that the fowls on the farms in the neighbourhood of Barneveld showed some uniformity. This could be explained by the fact that poultry keepers always obtained their setting eggs from the farmers who came to market with the finest eggs, and who as a rule used dark-coloured cocks for breeding."
According to Wijk & Ubbels, efforts were made to obtain more uniformity in colour and type from 1910 onwards and the name Barnevelder dates from that time. An Association of Barneveld Breeders was established in 1921 which fixed the standard.
Indian Game (Cornish) may have been crossed into the Barnevelders in Britain sometime after their importation into Britain in the 1920s.
The breed gained worldwide recognition and was exported to many countries because of its ability to lay approximately 180-200 large brown eggs per year.
Thanks for posting that informative history of the Barnvelder.
No problem I think everyone who has this breed should know the TRUTH.............