The Barnevelder egg.

What is the Barnevelder egg supposed to look like?

I find Barnevelder eggs oddly satisfying to look at. The colour is rich and warm.

Below: Double Laced or Chestnut Barnevelder eggs.

With the renewed interest in backyard chickens and coloured egg layers like the Barnevelder are attracting attention from chicken keepers.

Sir Edward Brown, a well known british poultry expert said of them:

"The benefits of this breed are not confined to the large golden eggs alone because the birds themselves are friendly and extremely attractive, with beautiful glossy double laced feathering"

Barnevelder eggs were never really dark like the Marans and should be a golden brown.

Below: Eggs from my blue laced Barnevelders:

Barnevelder eggs are large with sturdy shells.

This can be a problem as the birds do not always show their egg colour and it fades over the course of the laying season.

Below: My Silver Laced Barnevelder eggs are a few shades lighter than I would like:

The more eggs the bird lays the lighter they will be and the secret is to find the right balance between productivity and colour.

A few other important points to note regarding the eggs of the barnevelder breed and all it's types:

  1. In birds selected purely for the showbench, the egg colour is often overlooked.
  2. Fanciers who Enter the eggs in poultry shows will select  the bird for the eggs they produce rather than the overall appearance.
  3. Barnevelders produced from crossing with other types may well lay a cream egg with little brown at all.
  4. All the bantam versions I have ever seen lay a white, light brown or cream egg.

Below: Eggs from my bantam silver laced Barnevelders:

They may not be golden brown but the quality of the eggs for eating is unmatched.