The Barnevelder is one of the breeds of chickens best known for their ability to lay very dark brown colored eggs. Like their eggs, these chickens are very dark and very attractive. Roosters and hens are mostly a mixture of dark mahogany and black, but the feathers have a double lace patterning and a tremendous amount of sheen so the overall effect is of bronzes and green luster.
History: The Barnevelder is a relatively newly developed breed of chicken. They are named after the region of the Netherlands, called Barneveld, which is the Dutch center for poultry breeding and production. The Barnevelder breed was painstakingly created over years of crossing traditional Dutch breeds with Asian breeds and even some Orpingtons. The main goal was to create a breed that would lay prolific amounts of very dark brown copper-tinged eggs and continue laying well despite the long cold and dark Northern European winter. And the resulting Barnevelder Chickens are indeed hardy and vigorous egg layers of very dark brown eggs. The breed was officially recognized right before World War I at the first World Poultry Congress of the World Poultry Science Association in Holland. There are several color variations in Holland; however the APA currently only recognizes the Double-Laced.
Color Description: Our Barnevelders flock produces mostly partridge double laced chicks.
Photo courtesy of Brenda Eldridge
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