The Barnevelders are medium heavy dual-purpose chickens laying a good number of eggs but also yielding a reasonable carcass. They are hardy birds and good foragers. It is sought after for its dark "chocolate" brown eggs. This beautiful bird is quiet and doesn't mind being confined.
The hen has dark brown plumage with a double lacing of black, sometimes referred to as "double-laced partridge." The rooster has a black breast and tail and luxurious plumage with splashes of iridescent green, bronze and violet. There are also varieties of the breed which have white and blue lacing. Barnevelders have a single comb and red ear lobe. The breed has an upright stance, a broad breast and short wings carried high, making them poor flyers. The skin color is yellow.
Barnevelders are a standout breed due to their unique plumage, quirky personality and of course those pretty and peculiar eggs that they lay! To find out more about the other qualities that make barnevelder chickens so uniquely loveable check out our 5 Reasons to Love Barnevelder Chickens article here!
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