I have read everywhere that Lakenvelder means "shadow on a sheet." My M-I-L is Dutch so I asked her to translate. She said "laken" means "sheet" and "veld" means "field." I looked up "veld" on several Dutch to English online dictionaries and they all confirmed that "veld" means "field." No where is a shadow ever mentioned. The Dutch word for shadow is "schaduwen." I am beginning to think the "shadow on a sheet" translation is a common misconception or misinterpretation that just keeps being reprinted. Can anyone shed any light on this shadowy subject? P.S. I have a little Lakenvelder chick from Meyers and she's the sweetest and prettiest of the bunch. Just darling.