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Exhibiting possibly the most exquisite plumage of any chicken breed, Greenfire Farms has imported both bantam and large fowl silver double laced Barnevelders.
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Bantam Silver Barnevelder Unsexed59.00
Large Fowl Silver Barnevelder Unsexed59.00
Originating in Holland almost 200 years ago, Barnevelders are medium-heavy fowl known for their striking coloration and production of large dark eggs. The breed was derived from mixing imported Asian fowl with local Dutch chickens. They are a dual-purpose breed that in the past several decades has been adapted more for display than farm life. More than a dozen Barnevelder varieties in large fowl and bantam have been developed. Despite their stunning color patterns “Barnies” retain a reputation as a docile and productive breed. Hens typically lay 180-200 eggs per year, and the carcasses of the birds are full and meaty.

The most striking visual feature of the breed is the double laced feather pattern; an intricate arrangement that is as precise and beautiful as the most exquisite hand-sewn lace. The pattern emerged in the early 1920s in Europe and occurs only on the hens. Greenfire Farms imported from Holland silver double laced Barnevelders, and these birds are in both large fowl and bantam form.

There is considerable variation in quality in this variety of Barnevelder, and frequently we found specimens that had red-tinged feathers and blurred lacing. These birds we avoided, and we spent time locating flocks that displayed deep black feathers with precise silver lacing. The bantam version lays a lighter colored egg, but the large fowl hens we are keeping produce the dark brown egg commonly associated with the breed. The silver double chevrons appear as if they were painted on a deep black background, and the improbably precise penciling elicits gasps of surprise and delight by even the most jaded poultry hobbyists.