I rescued a gold double laced Barnevelder from a bad dog attack. She suffered from a bad upper leg limp assumed broken and had a chunk bitten from her wing. She was fully recovered at about a month. She is fully feathered and is laying at least 5 times a week with beautiful brown speckled eggs.
She is very docile and I recommend this breed.
I have a double laced barneveldar hen after I rescued her from a dog attack. She recovered from a broken pelvis/upper leg very quickly, laid eggs within a month and I get at least five speckled eggs a week. She is super pretty, is gentle towards humans and other chickens: the only downside is she attacks my ducks really badly!
My barnevelder is a great layer, she is laying 6/7 eggs a week at the moment. The eggs are brown with chocolate speckles on and very large- sometimes they don't fit into egg boxes properly! She is a beautiful hen, especially in the sunlight and very hardy. She is friendly as she will follow you around, jump up on your lap for food and eat out of your hand. However she can peck quite hard at your hand as she eats so may not be ideal for small children and the bantam variety may be more suitable as a pet for kids. She is not too keen on being picked up but I haven't made and effort to tame her and with patience I think she would be fine with this. They are suitable for gardens as barnevelders do not fly although like most chickens would do some damage to plants if not contained to a run or a fenced off area. She does not seem to be any lazier than my sussex chickens and loves too free range and forage for bugs. I would definitely recommend this breed of chicken to a new chicken keeper that wanted beautiful chickens that were also very hardy, good egg producers and tame.
I have a trio of barnvelders they are good egg layers but they are quite a crabbit wee hen.
I bought four yesterday (well one is grey with grey legs so she may not be of this breed). I have had 3 eggs already. They are beautiful and I love them. I let them out of house this morning and they have enjoyed the garden all day. They are friendly and curious. They are not afraid of my (gentle) Yorkshire Terrier dog or my two cats. They have put themselves to bed in their house both nights (I only have to lock them in). Was in my sitting room this pm and heard a crash in my (tiny) kitchen, found four chickens in their exploring. They are brilliant and they already follow me around.
These are amazing! i have two - emily and katie - and they are the cutest, friendliest breed i have (out of my 6 breeds). I am going to breed and sell these when older and I ABSOLUTELY LOVE BARNEVELDERS!
I breed and sell barnevelders with an incubator and find that they are easy to breed and are strong hatching out of the egg. The chicks are strong and large comperd to weaker chicks such as the sebriht or hybrids. When they grow up they are docile and friendley and make good pets. However egg production is poor with only 70-80 eggs ayear. They do make up for it with amazing chocolate brown eggs do.
I acquired Fran, my barnevelder, in September aged 14 weeks, and quickly added her and 2 other newbies to my adult hens (hybrids and pures)- she mixed very well, but was bottom of the flock, and has remained so. She came into lay the following Feb, immediately producing medium-sized, beautiful brown speckled eggs. She's friendly, running over for food, gobbling some and then following me whilst the others eat. Gentle and happy with my young children, and tries to play with my lurcher dog through the fence. She is a large bird (bigger than hybrids), and beautifully marked. Great hen- would highly reccommend.