The Double Laced Barnevelder is a large, soft feathered, docile and very good natured chicken. They are very tame and do not fly well. The Barnevelder is a very pretty bird with interesting markings and a beautiful iridescent beetle sheen on the feathers. Barnevelder chickens are a rare dual purpose breed producing about 180/200 large brown speckled eggs per year. A Barnevelder hen averages between 6.5 and 8.5 lb and the cockerels about 10/14 lb.
Barnevelders are good with children and make excellent backyard chickens. If handled when young they can be very tame. They adapt well to both free range and urban environments. Barnevelders are excellent foragers and feed themselves well if allowed to roam.
The Double Laced Barnevelder is a wonderful bird that has a good reputation as a winter layer. To my knowledge this breed produces the most consistent supply of eggs year round without any artificial light. I chose them specifically because they are hardy birds with small combs that tolerate the cold.
Our barnevelders are allowed to roam free across about 2.5 acres from first light until they roost. The flock consists of 27 hens and 4 unrelated roosters. We are mad about our Barnevelders but we do have other hens and are enthusiastic about chickens in general. We are great advocates of chicken keeping and their place in a self-sufficient society is beyond doubt.
Watch out for new pages on all different types of chickens coming soon.
The top picture shows a few of our adult Barnevelders and a few young pullets basking in the June sunshine.
The second is one of our young pullets roaming around in the bitter January Cold .
A fully grown Hen can be seen free-ranging in the fields in the final image.Chickens are omnivores and will both graze on a wide variety of greenery and insects. They will even eat mice and frogs! From our experience chickens are happiest when allowed to wander, find their own food and will spend about 40% of their time scratching around.