Day Old Lakenvelder Baby Chicks
Hatching February to July.
Silver Lakenvelders are beautiful, dual-purpose birds and the hens do not tend to be broody.
Production: You can expect between 130-170 medium-sized eggs from each Lakenvelder hen. Lakenvelders tend to be somewhat smaller than breeds raised for meat.
Silver Lakenvelders are shy with humans and not aggressive with other chickens. Many owners report that they can be flighty, but that they bear confinement well. They are very active and are great foragers.
History: The word "lakenvelder" reveals the Dutch heritage of the breed. While it is true that the Silver Lakenvelder as we know it today was developed in the region around the border between Holland and Germany, the breed has much more ancient roots.
It is believed that the Lakenvelder is related to some of the oldest domesticated chickens in the world and that it originated in the Indus valley. Eventually, the inhabitants of that region migrated to Mesopotamia, taking their chickens with them. In the first century AD, Jewish immigrants moved to the area in Holland that we now think of Lakenvelders as being "from."
Silver Lakenvelders were first imported to the US around 1900 but were not included in the American Poultry Association's Standard of Perfection until 1939. Their striking coloring helped them become popular exhibition birds at that time.
Colors: Silver Lakenvelders have bright white feathers on most of their bodies, with black heads, hackles, and tails. They have blue legs, red eyes, and medium-sized, single, red combs.
Conservation Status: Threatened
Body Type: Silver Lakenvelders are somewhat small, but stand erect and proud.
Weight: Cockerel 4 lbs, Pullet 3.5 lbs
APA Class: Continental