Origin: The Netherlands, 13th Century; Breed Standardized, 1922
Egg Colour: Reddish Brown
Egg Size: L
Comb Type: Single
Barnevelders are a very winter-hardy breed and are known for their laying abilities through the winter, namely they will continue to lay through the winter without needing supplemental light. Though modern Barnevelders may not resemble their early predecessors from the 13th century, they have retained their thriftiness, as they survived damp, windy conditions. This makes them perfect for Alberta winters and we have enjoyed great success with this breed in our unheated coops. Aside from their winter hardiness, Barnevelders are also stunning with their double-laced feather pattern. We raise both Gold and Silver Double-Laced Barnevelders.
- Chicks are ready at the end of each month. For example, if you select “May” as your month, your chicks will be ready for pick-up by the end of May.
- Unsexed (“straight run”) chicks have not been sexed. In our experience, we have found the 50-50% rule to hold true in large groups. Please note: if you order a few chicks (less than 25 of one breed, for example), the chances of even ratios of male to female increase. Unsexed chicks are $15ea.
- Sexed (female or male) chicks are only possible with our auto-sexing breeds. This means that males and females have different colours/markings when they hatch. We have found this to be extremely reliable, but cannot guarantee 100% accuracy. Female chicks (pullets) are $25ea and male chicks (cockerels) are $5ea.
In the case that a chick is not available at hatch, you will have the option of 1) Choosing a substitute, or 2) Choosing a later hatch date.