Gold Laced Barnevelder Hens - Pure Breed. Dark egg layers.
Barnevelders are a breed originating in Holland. They are medium heavy dual-purpose chickens laying a good number of dark brown eggs. They are hardy birds and good foragers. While they became famous for their dark brown eggs in the first half of the 20th century most birds now appear to be in the hands of show breeders and not much attention has been given to maintaining the dark brown egg colour or to productivity with the focus being on external characteristics instead. Many flocks now lay eggs of a much lighter brown than before and are sometimes not quite as productive as befits their reputation.
They are good winter layers and have a quiet disposition. The plumage is just delightful and speckled. Also, these are very quiet chickens particularly as these are handraised for us.
They will give you approx 240 darker coloured eggs each year.
Please note that City Chicks sell their pure breeds at an age from 12 weeks to 16 weeks depending on demand. We interpret the term 'Young Hen' as a pullet under 12 months of age and use the wording so as not to confuse clients who do not understand the term - pullet. The birds are sold at this age as they are perfectly suited to growing with your family and based on demand.
This page is dedicated to Julie, for her beautiful photo of 'Cassia' - her barnevelder hen from City Chicks
Please call or email to confirm availability. Our main season is from September to May when the chickens are laying well.