Lakenvelders, Where to Get Chicks

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While breed researching for my fall chicks, I ran across an interesting breed to consider. Thought I’d share because I noticed this rare breed is available now for purchase in June from Murray McMurray Hatchery. Cool! But hurry, I doubt they ‘ll last long.


These are one of the most beautiful in appearance of any of our rare varieties with their striking black and white markings and slate colored legs. We are told that the word “Lakenvelder” when translated from the Dutch means “a shadow on a sheet”, a particularly descriptive name. They were bred extensively in Germany and Holland as long ago as the early 1800’s, but were not recognized here until the 1930’s. They are quite small when mature, 3 to 4 Ibs., and very quick and active, foraging widely if allowed to run. The skin is white and the breast unusually plump and round, almost like wild game birds. Hens lay white eggs and are non-setters. Baby chicks are mostly creamy white with a half collar of black on the neck and sprinkling of black on the head and back.


Murray McMurray Hatchery 2015 Catalog

Catalog Request, Murray McMurray Hatchery |The World’s Rare Breed Poultry Headquarters

online-catalog2015Now you can view the ENTIRE CATALOG ONLINE – one page at a time, or if you’d like a catalog mailed to you, fill out the request form HERE.

New Online Feature!

The Murray McMurray Hatchery now has a Wish List, it’s easy to use and is very convenient to help you keep track of the products and breeds you want and need!