Barnevelder - Rare Breed Soft Feathered
The Barnevelder are a medium to large soft feathered poultry. Read about the Australian Poultry Standards for this Breed.The barnevelders are good layers, laying approximately 200 eggs per year. They are a docile breed, and so far we have not had a Barnevelder Rooster show any aggression towards adult or child. Barnevelders tend to develop earlier than some breeds, unfortunately this does not promote early egg laying abilities.
Barnevelders lay beautiful medium size dark eggs. Not all lay the dark eggs as over the years they have lost a bit of the dark egg trait to breeding more for showing than the egg quality.
Barnevelders are a pleasure to breed and raise. Patting a Barnevelder is like smoothing your hands over soft silk. The Barnevelder comes in a range of colors, the most common being the single and double-laced golden. They also come in silver and blue barnevelders.
The Barnevelder breed orginated from the necessity to produce the much sort after dark brown eggs. The breed was named after the town of Barneveld in Holland, where these beautiful birds were developed.
The colors listed by the Australian poultry standards are double-laced, partridge, black and Silver. There are others colors being produced.
A full-grown Barnevelder Cock can weigh as much as 3.6 kg where as a young cockerel will weigh in the vicinity of 2.7 - 3.2 kg. The barnevelder hen can reach as heavy as 3.2 kg and the pullet up to 2.7 kg.