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CHICKEN BREEDS - Barnevelder

CHICKEN BREED PROFILE: Barnevelder

Medium heavy breed of chicken named after the Dutch town of Barneveld. It resulted from crossbreeding between local Dutch chickens and various chickens imported from Asia in the later part of the nineteenth century. 

Barnevelders make good dual-purpose chickens as they are both good layers as well as reasonable meat chickens. They were the best egg layers of the three purebred chicken breeds that I have kept though still not as good layers as cross breed chickens such as Hylines or Lohmanns.

Young Barnevelder Rooster

ADVANTAGES

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ADVANTAGES

  • Good dual-purpose chicken (meat and egg laying.
  • Fairly good egg layers.
  • Fairly good mothers.
  • Hens regularly go broody, which is good if you have a rooster or access to fertile eggs.
  • Beautiful looking chicken.

DISADVANTAGES

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DISADVANTAGES

  • A little flighty, especially when young. Though not as flighty as some chicken breeds.
  • Hens tend to get off eggs they were sitting on before the chicks have hatched out.
  • Hens regularly go broody, which is a nuisance if you don't have a rooster or fertile eggs for them to sit on.
  • More expensive than crossbreed chickens.

Note that the chicken breed profiles on this website are only of chicken breeds that I keep or have kept in the past, for more comprehensive reviews of the various chicken breeds available I suggest you explore more specialised chicken husbandry websites.

I have also noticed that purebred chickens of a breed can show different characteristics depending on the specific breeder they were sourced from, so please take these comments as a loose guideline only.

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