Silver Lakenvelders are beautiful, that have bright white feathers on most of their bodies, with black heads, hackles, and tails with medium-sized, single, red combs.
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.