Chicken Breed Focus - Holland

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by sumi, Sep 24, 2015.

  1. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    The Holland is a rather rare breed, unusual in that it is a non-Mediterranean class breed that lays white eggs. It is an excellent dual-purpose breed and a good laying hen with a calm, quiet temperament. It is becoming popular with small flock owners looking for a calmer white egg layer to add to a mixed flock for a colorful egg basket.

    They are a good sized bird that is slow growing, but are good free range birds and excellent foragers. They are single combed with medium sized comb and wattles. They are quite weather hardy, tolerating both heat and cold. They come in two colors, barred and white, though barred is the primary color today. The hens will brood occasionally and they are excellent mothers.

    They were developed in the 1930’s by the Rutgers University Breeding Farm in New Jersey, USA as a dual-purpose white egg layer, in response to the American market’s preference for white table eggs, since at that time all other dual-purpose breeds were brown egg layers. Various breeds were used in its development including birds imported from Holland (hence the name). Imports including The North Holland Blue as well as local Leghorns, Australorps and Barred Plymouth Rocks were used to create the Barred Holland. It was first introduced to the public in 1934.

    It was recognized by the APA in 1949 and is on The Livestock Conservancy’s list as a breed in Critical status.

    Note: They are available from Ideal Poultry.


    Breed purpose: Dual Purpose, white egg layer
    Comb Type: Single, medium sized.
    Broodiness: Occasional
    Climate Tolerance: All Climates
    Weight: Roosters 8.5 lbs and hens 6.5 lbs.
    Egg Productivity: Good
    Egg Size: Medium-Large
    Egg Colour: White

    Holland cockbird @Pocket Farmer

    Holland Cockerel @Cheralee

    Holland pair @Blarneyeggs

    Holland Pullet @caychris

    Holland Chicks @msladyhawke

    BYC Breed reviews:

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    Link to a Breed Census on BYC:

    Do you own Hollands? Are you a Holland breeder? If so, please reply to this thread with the your thoughts and experiences, including:

    · What made you decide to get this breed?
    · Do you own them for fun? Breeding? Some other purpose?
    · What are your favorite characteristics about this breed?
    · Post some pics of your birds; male/female, chicks, eggs, etc!
  2. Clucked Up

    Clucked Up Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 16, 2014
    North Central TN
    The Holland photos are quite similar to my Barred Rocks. I recently acquired 2 more 6 month olds, which are a lighter grey with paler legs. I believe them to be Dominique.
  3. dheltzel

    dheltzel Overrun With Chickens

    Nov 30, 2013
    Pottstown, PA
    The Barred Hollands really need work from dedicated breeders (of which there are a few, fortunately). The ones I have are not particularly good production layers, I have 8 hens and they average between 3 and 4 eggs a week at their peak. They are very calm and easy to manage compared to any other white egg layer I have had. If their productivity is improved by good breeding, they will be excellent small flock layers.

    I suspect that White Hollands are extinct. It would be interesting to hear from anyone that has them (or had them in the past) regarding their status.
  4. Akrnaf2

    Akrnaf2 The educated Rhino Premium Member

    Jul 5, 2014
    Center of Israel
    Dominique have rose comb! - yellow shanks BPR, and Holand have singel comb -yellow shanks Silver Couckoo Marans have singel comb pink- slate shankes
  5. EmeraldRuby

    EmeraldRuby Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 18, 2014
    [​IMG] I though those were Barred Rocks at first! XD
  6. Clucked Up

    Clucked Up Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 16, 2014
    North Central TN
    Well, in the absence of a DNA, I'm calling mine Barred Rocks, two of which have "blurred" striping and fairer combs. At 6 months old, they have been laying since July, on average 5 each per week. This week saw a moderate weather change, and production slowed. Not a worry, they'll do what is natural for them, as we all should.


  7. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    Cluckedup, out of curiosity, what color are the eggs your hens are laying??
    Last edited: Sep 24, 2015
  8. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
    I've gotten a couple of these from SandHill. The ones I have do lay a true white egg (some people have gotten ones from SH that lay a more cream egg), decent layers 4-5 a week first lay cycle.
    They are nice tempered bird, no problem with the flock, a lot lot calmer than the other white / Mediterranean class white egg layers. They aren't that big, the girls maybe five pounds.

  9. Akrnaf2

    Akrnaf2 The educated Rhino Premium Member

    Jul 5, 2014
    Center of Israel
    Very nice looking pullets !
  10. paintedChix

    paintedChix Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 15, 2013
    I was thinking about ordering a batch of these from Sand Hill! I still have time to order for one of two hatch dates in October (I think)... If/when I do, I'll be happy to report back.

    From those that have them, sounds like they are a pretty nice type of bird to have.

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