Chicken Breeds: Barnevelder
The Barnevelder hails from Holland, and is known for laying very dark eggs, with chocolate and coffee colored shells. It was developed specifically for its outstanding egg color, from an older existing variety that dates back to medieval times.
According to some reports, Barnevelder chickens can be rather shy. Others report that Barnevelders are quite friendly. As with many breeds, the difference is most likely due to the amount of handling the chickens receive as chicks.
The prospective chicken owner will also want to know that not all Barnevelders lay the same rich dark eggshells! Some Barnevelder eggs can be light reddish brown eggs, more of a terra cotta color.
Most Barnevelders have double-laced plumage, which means that they have pretty stripes on their feathers. Barnevelder chickens are usually a brownish black in color, with gold highlights and a single comb.
They were bred to be family birds and are so common in Holland that reportedly their name is synonymous with “chicken.” These are generally calm birds that handle close quarters well, but they may require more socialization to make them truly a friendly family pet.
Although the Barnevelder was originally bred for its rich dark colored eggs, in recent years the breeding focus has been on show quality birds. As a result, the color of the eggs has slipped, and many Barnevelders do not lay the dark brown eggs for which the breed became famous.
If you order Barnevelder chicks or Barnevelder eggs for hatching, ask your breeder about their egg color before you place your order.
Other chicken breeds:
- Barnevelder Chickens
Barnevelder Chickens, orginated just before the first world war in Holland.
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Barnevelder chickens at FeatherSite.com
- Henderson\'s Chicken Breed Chart
Henderson's Chicken Breed Chart
- Barnevelder - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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