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Golden Lakenvelder Chickens


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Day Old Golden Lakenvelder Baby Chicks

Hatching March to September.

Golden Lakenvelders are beautiful birds that are quite rare and have a somewhat unusual history.

Production: You can expect about 170 cream colored eggs per year from one Golden Lakenvelder hen. This breed is dual purpose, though perhaps somewhat small as table birds.

Temperament: Golden Lakenvelders are a bit on the flighty side and are good foragers.

History: Despite the name, a Golden Lakenvelder is not simply a variety of the more well-known Lakenvelder. Instead, it is an entirely different breed. In Europe, where the breed originated, it is called Vorwerk, making it one of very few chickens known by different names in North America and Europe.

A man named Oskar Vorwerk, who lived near Hamburg, Germany in the early 1900s, admired Lakenvelders, but wanted one with golden plumage. He used several breeds including Orpingtons, Lakenvelders, and Buff Sussex, to develop the Vorwerk or Golden Lakenvelder. By 1913, the breed was standardized in Germany.

The Golden Lakenvelder, as it is known in the United States, was never accepted into the American Poultry Association's Standard of Perfection, and in fact, is still quite a rare breed. The Vorwerk is far more common in continental Europe.

Aside from being one breed with two names depending on which continent you are on, and being differentiated from an entirely separate breed only by color and ancestry, the Golden Lakenvelder has another odd attribute. It is the only breed of chicken to share its name with a brand of appliance.

The German company Vorwerk manufactures vacuum cleaners called Vorwerks. The breed of chicken is clearly named after the man who developed it - Oskar Vorwerk - rather than after the brand of vacuum, but if you search the internet using only the word "Vorwerk" you are going to learn about vacuum cleaners!

Colors: The Golden Lakenvelder has a dark head, neck and tail, but the rest of its body is a rich, deep golden color. It has a single comb and white earlobes.

Status: Having never been accepted by the APA, the Golden Lakenvelder is not listed by the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy. It is, however, quite a rare breed.

Body Type: Mid-sized, with a nice, upright stance.

Standard Weights: Rooster 5 lbs, Hen 4 lbs, Cockerel 4 lbs, Pullet 3.5 lbs

Classification: American Poultry Association Class: Not accepted by the APA.


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