Barnevelders ChickensFebruary 2nd, 2011 at 15:20
Barnevelder Chickens A Good Tempered Chicken
Barnevelders Background & Appearance.
This bird originated in the Netherlands and was imported to the UK & US in the early 1920′s. The birds are a dual purpose medium to heavy chicken and come in a range of colours.
Colours range from black, white, double laced, blue, brown and blue double laced.
The most attractive and popular colour is the double laced, giving rise to dark hackle feathers that are tinged bottle green.
Both sexes posess a single comb and have prominent orange eyes and yellow legs.
The Barnevelder is thought to have Cochin, Langshan and Brahma genes in it’s breeding. Also very popular is the bantam variety which was developed in Germany by crossing the smaller birds with bantam Rhode Island Reds and Gold Laced Wyandottes.
Caring For Your Barnevelders.
Barnevelder Chickens are an easy bird to keep, in fact you may consider them a bit lazy. So if you can’t let them run free range, ensure you have a large grass run they can use, to ensure they get some exercise.
If you’re interested in exhibiting your chickens at shows, then these birds would make a great debut fowl for you as they’re not so well represented on the show circuit. Giving you a better chance to win some trophies.
Barnevelders And Egg Laying.
The hens lay a reasonable amount of eggs, which have lightened slightly from the original dark brown colour. As I mentioned earlier, this breed can be lazy, so make sure your hens don’t get too fat or they’ll stop laying.
It seems that docile chickens like these do get broody quite often, but the hens do make excellent mothers.
If you’re fussy about egg colour and are buying some Barnevelder chicks ask your breeder about their egg color before you place your order.
Barnevelders Are Quite A Docile Bird, If Not A Little Lazy. But They’re Very Easy To Keep & Produce A Lovely Dark Brown Egg…
The following video show a pair of Barnevelder Bantams, enjoy..
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