The Barnevelder | Barnevelders.net

The Double Laced Barnevelder is a large, soft feathered, docile and very good natured chicken. They are very tame and do not fly well. They are a very pretty bird with interesting markings and a beautiful iridescent beetle sheen on the feathers. Barnevelder chickens are a rare dual purpose breed producing about 180/200 large brown speckled eggs per year… Continue Reading

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The Bantam Barnevelder | Submitted by Neil Armitage

The bantam barnevelder is a good layer of dark cream eggs, whilst they should of course lay a Golden brown egg like their large fowl cousins I have yet to see one in the UK that does. They are hardy and sturdy little birds that tame well and make good pets… Continue Reading

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Silkie Hens Fill the Egg Basket Too

You may have heard the Silkie Bantam is only a fair egg layer, but is this really a fair statement? Perhaps they get a bad rap because they’re often broody which interrupts egg production. True, but in my opinion, this incredible bird should be considered a master of two jobs. I give them five stars for their dedication to motherhood, and here’s their generous contribution to the breakfast menu. Not bad, not bad at all!

My Silkies lay every other day on average, with little change during our mild Arizona winters.  There are six birds in my flock over the age of four and are still producing at the same rate. As far as I’m concerned, a chicken’s production decreasing after the age of two years has not proven true on our little farm.

But there are always exceptions…

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Meet Fern, this little lady doesn’t lay eggs at all, ever!  Hatched in 2012, isn’t interested in setting on eggs, and has never gone broody. But no worry, there’s still a job for her here as a bug eater. She’s also valuable as a warm body to the others on those occasional cold winter nights.

About the Sebright Chicken

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Chicken Breed Focus – Sebright
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The Sebright is a very small, beautiful, rose-combed bantam, usually with laced feathers. They are a purely ornamental breed, very popular as pets and with hobbyists as show birds.
While usually quite friendly with people, they are very active and very good flyers and need to be confined. Sebrights are a ‘true’ bantam, not coming in a standard sized variety…  Continue Reading

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