What does a show barnevelder look like?

White barnevelder bantam with winning rosettes

A question I get asked regularly is: Just what do show winning Barnevelders look like? It helps to have a profile of winning birds to work towards, an whilst I know what I do and how i select my birds, I don't show as much as I'd like to.

A great number of the birds you see on this page are shown under the Dutch breed standard.

This White Barnevelder Bantam with the rosettes and certificates is courtesy of Barend Bruinhorst, Barnevelder Club of the Netherlands.

Anybody can publish a breed standard, I have several, this one is for La Bresse Gauloise and this is my attempt at translating the breed standard for the Barnevelder from Dutch. Just how the standard is interpreted by the judge at the show is always a matter for much speculation.

The easiest way to show you what the judges like in the show bird is to show you the winners. Below are pictures of birds from shows in Europe mostly and you should note that there are differences in what is allowed in different countries, the most notable of these is the difference in the pattern allowed on the chest of the male Barnevelder. The continental requires a solid black chest whilst the English allows for single lacing.

As we started with white barnevelders here are a few more:

White barnevelder cockerel.jpg

A white barnevelder male - Pictures above and below from Wim Meijer - Barnevelder club of the Netherlands.

White barnevelder hen.jpg

There are a few basic rules that are accepted everywhere, regardless of what you show and where.

Birds should be symmetrical along the line down the body, twisted necks, deformed breastbones and wry tails should always be avoided.

Chickens for show should be in good health and condition.

Birds should be acclimatised to the show environment and be used to being handled and seen by hundreds and sometimes thousands of people.

Know the rules and the club standards and requirements, infractions can see you disqualified and or banned.

Close up of the comb

All parts of the bird you are showing should conform to the standards, the comb on the Barnevelder is on the smaller side, or fine, and birds with a large or floppy comb should not be entered in the show. Photo above and below from Wim Meijer - Barnevelder Club of the Netherlands.

Notice how calm the birds in the cages are. This Silver Laced hen is stood quietly waiting her turn. Notice the shape of her back and the full well rounded figure, the fine even comb, the orange eyes, yellow legs and excellent carriage.

Silver laced barnevelder hen.jpg

On to some more genuinely stunning show Barnevelders. 

blue barnevelder cockerel.jpg

Blue Laced Barnevelder male - above and hen below - Images courtesy of Marcel Eissens, Barnevelder club of the Netherlands

blue laced barnevelder hen.jpg

Below is a blue laced Bantam barnevelder - image from Thijs van Voorrthuizen.

blue laced barnevelder bantam.jpg

This pair of standard double laced Barnevelders looks as if they have been polished for the show:

pair double laced barnevelders.jpg

On to the Black Barnevelders: 

Black barnevelder cockerel.jpg

Photo's above and below courtesy of Wim Meijer - Barnevelder Club of the Netherlands.

black barnevelder hen.jpg

The Silver Double Laced is possibly the most striking of the Barnevelders, and also possibly the most difficult to produce. The silver lacing shows up faults in the pattern of the feather and any red will leak into the colour giving a muddy appearance.

Silver Laced barnevelder cockerel.jpg

Producing birds as good as this takes many years of breeding.

Silver laced large fowl hen.jpg

Double Laced Cockerel below - photo - Wim Meijer.

double laced rooster

And this absolutely stunning double laced hen .

double laced barnevelder hen.jpg

People want to know for different reasons, some ask because they want to start showing birds and some just want the best they can get for their money. I hope you have enjoyed looking at these. 

Lastly these are possibly my personal favourites:

The Double Silver Double Blue - Male at the top, hen below.

Double silver double blue Cockerel.jpg

double silver double blue barnevelder hen.jpg

Do you have a showbird you would like to see here? Drop me an email.

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