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Hubbard’s Hens Barnevelders

The one breed I picked just for me, just because they are pretty, are the Barnevelders.

Barnevelder chickens were first called by name at a 1911 agricultural exposition in their native Netherlands. Over the next dozen years the breed was standardized and officially accepted by the Dutch Poultry Club in 1923. The began making their way into the UK even before the standard was accepted. and from there to the US, where in 1991 they were added to the American Poultry Association’s Standard of Perfection.

Barney, my Barnevelder rooster

The very originally named Barney and his girls are in a tractor in the front. If you’ve ever stopped in for eggs you’ve probably seen or heard Barney. He’s a pretty good guy. Talks to me. Never attacked me. And he is good to his ladies. All you want in a rooster!

The ladies however are the true beauties of the breed. The unique double laced pattern is what drew me to them. This girl has a full crop from roaming and grazing in the front yard, but even without that they are a more full bodied bird than the leghorn or hybrid layers.

Barnevelder hen

The Barnevelders are not the friendliest of our groups, but they aren’t super skittish, either. They are reliable layers of a medium brown egg. sometimes they lay speckles, sometimes they don’t. I wasn’t expecting that, but it’s fun. They almost all started the season off with speckled eggs, but as the laying cycle continued the spots faded. I expect them to return after a break for brooding or molt, but we will have to wait and see.

2022 Barnevelder chicks

Barnevelder chicks are incredibly cute. They have very distinct facial markings. This pair are on the dark end of the spectrum, but all have these fun jigsaw puzzle orange/tan/black facial markings in a unique pattern.

Barnevelder/Legbar F1 Olive Egger pullet

I have also hatched a fair number of F1 olive eggers from the Barnevelder hens. All hatched with the fun Barnevelder faces and are laying a light olive egg. Darker than a green Easter Egger egg. One is even giving me speckles! Barnevelder speckled egg on the left, and a Barnevelder/Legbar cross Olive Egger pullet egg on the right.

Barnevelder, Legbar, and F1 Olive Egg

2 thoughts on “Hubbard’s Hens Barnevelders

    1. She is yours if you want her! She’s actually just black, no copper, but has a great egg color. Darker than what my hatchery black coppers lay.

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