Lakenvelder Chickens

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History

The Lakenvelder is thought to originate from the Westfalen area of Germany as long ago as the 1830s. The name, however, is Dutch and is believed to mean a shadow on a sheet and describes their striking black and white plumage. There is also a bantam version and a blue variety which was developed in the Netherlands and brought to the UK. They have a medium sized single comb, white almond shaped ear lobes and an orange-red eye. The legs are featherless and slate blue and they have four toes. They are a slightly built breed with an elongated body and a tail which is carried high. They make a very good utility bird and have white skin and a particularly plump breast. They are seen quite rarely in the United States but always attract attention.

Behaviour

They are fairly small birds and are good layers, producing white shelled or occasionally tinted eggs. The hens are not good sitters and tend to be rather flighty and wild so need to be contained carefully with suitable fencing as they can manage a 2 ½ metre flight. Chicks mature quickly and grow vigorously but they don't gain their characteristic markings until they have been through their third moult. They are confident, robust birds which tend to avoid human contact and are able to adapt to being kept in confined spaces but prefer to be allowed the freedom to free range. Males weigh around 5-6 lbs while the females are from 3-4½ lbs.

Varieties

The Lakenvelder is generally seen in the black and white form known as Belted but there is also a blue variety which is described as Blue Marked.

Status

Rare

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           Beautiful but Noisy Bird

- Keiko, 07 November 2012

I have only had one Lakenvelder. She is a striking bird to look at and despite being called a poor layer has produced eggs with equal consistency to my Easter Egger. The eggs are about 5g smaller than the other chickens. She is an active forager and will eat bugs out of my hand, not at all scared of humans but not fond of being handled either. She does occasionally get stressed at egg time and run around acting flighty. She also tends to be loud, crowing and barking in the early morning when she wants out or cannot find her friend in the garden. Probably a better bird for a country flock with more space. She is excellent at avoiding predators, especially hawks.


           Three lady Lakenvelders

- Dorothy, 04 May 2012

Only had the three lady Lakenvelders for two weeks, and they have settled in with our other bantams very quickly, and were exploring our garden on the second day. Prefer to be outside (even in the rain), and retire later than the other birds.Easy to keep, but do tend to like scratching the garden borders. One bird has laid eight eggs under a prickly Piracantha bush. Perhaps they prefer to lay outside rather than in the nest box in their Ark. Have sent photo's via seperate e-mail to info@omlet.us


           Worthy addition

- Piers, 12 January 2012

Our Lakenvelders are smart, adaptable, nervy and very alert. They are excellent flyers - 3m vertical lift from a standstill and a 10m+ glide from a fencepost - and this needs to be borne in mind when planning housing. We don't attempt to contain ours; they free-range widely over 10 acres, but always come back to their coop as soon as the light begins to fade. Would like to swap either a pullet or two or a cockerel fort similar from another breed line.


          

- Teresa, 08 January 2011

Have no eggs yet...she is young but she is in with three brahma hens and three silkies along with a brahma cockerel and blackrock..... She is flighty but gets on well with all the others and has a very different sound.....


           A good breed for the right person

- C, 02 October 2010

Lakenvelder are my favorite breed, they are friendly, flighty & easily spooked, they lay a good amount of eggs neither being poor or wonderful at laying, they tend to be a nice "guard dog" type bird in the flock... Always being the first to let you know if something is wrong. They are not loud & if handled from a young age bond to one (1) as in only one person & can be very nice pets for that person, being very flighty around all others to the point of panic. They are not the hardiest but not weak, if your coop is draft free & dry & the birds kept warm enough they will do fine, but Lakenvelders tend to deal with heat better then cold, keeping lots of bedding in the coop or a heat light in winter is a should do for this breed. They are a wacky breed of Chicken, They tend to be either very clever or idiots with very little shades of gray in between. All in all Lakenvelders are not for most people, but for those that like them they are a favorite breed. I would not buy them unless you already have kept Chickens before. They enjoy roosting high in the coop & can fly better then most breeds. The down side of Lakenvelders is there are not many colors, they don't have a lot of meat on their bones, they lay okay, but are not the best layers & they take time to earn their trust. If you enjoy your birds for more then meat & eggs then you may enjoy this breed.

 
 
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