Gentle, quiet, truly easy keepers. One note: due to their dark color and size, they are more heat sensitive than my Buff Orpingtons. I ordered some shade cloth and an outdoor fan and that does help.
They've always been friendly beautiful birds and really recommend them for beginners. The old bad point with them is that they can be quite vicious to other hens that they don't know.
This isn’t exactly a review but does anyone know where we can buy some barnvelders and we have two chicks at the moment how do you tell if one is a rooster if you know where we can buy some can you contact me on 0481881890 please appreciate it...they are a great bird friendly lay good size eggs and are extremely beautiful
We have raised Barnevelders for eight years now. I have to say they are a wonderful breed to have. We free range ours, but they do not stray far. They are a very friendly breed, even the roosters are friendly. They have beautiful feathers and people always stop to look at them and comment on how pretty they are.
I have one barnevelder in my flock and she is very friendly towards people and will let me pick her up and give her a hug. Her feathers are beautiful and she lays a nice dark brown egg nearly every day. She is also quite large and has very soft and fluffy feathers.
We came across this breed by accident when I bid for them at auction & as they were late entries & one of the last lots I put in a silly bid and stole them. Wow what a bird. We were aware that one bird was older and had a very happy 8 months with us but the other is still a firm favourite in our mixed folk of Pekin, Sussex, Belgium de'Uccles & cuckoo Marans all Bantams. The Barnevelder is a stunning bird who seems to get on with life and is well respected by the flock, without being a bully. She never goes broody although she does fade in all aspects of colour and personality when in moult. When we got her she had grey scaley legs which my little girl treated with petroleum jelly every other day. She has reacted well and now has the most glorious bright yellow legs and is fit for showing this summer. We are currently waiting to take delivery of some silver laced along with the double laced eggs because we love them and my little girl put them on her 8th birthday wish list.
for a few years i have done a lot of reaserching for my fav breed of chicken. i found the barnevelder and it was such a beautiful, easy to look after bird, the other day i bought one! and i also bought a light sussex wich are also brill birds aswell!!
This sweet hen showed up before Christmas, tried to find her owner to no avail so she is with me. I have no experience with Chickens but am learning a lot from her. She is a beautiful bird and does lay eggs about 3 times a week presently. I am trying to make her living situation better but right now she is using a PetPen for sleeping and I let her roam around in the yard as she likes. Our yard is a dedicated wildlife habitat, so she fits right in. I would love to get a coop but it needs to be predator proof, I find they are just to expensive for one chicken. But I do enjoy her.