5 Out of 5 Stars (Based on 23 reviews)
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!!
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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.
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.
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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.
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