Fun Fact: Lakenvelder actually means Sheets in a Soil Field - the idea of "Shadow on a Sheet" was the nicknames they were given.
Egg Size: ~1.6 oz
Egg Color: white shell.
Bird Size -
Our Lakenvelder Info: Our breeders were purchased from a Show in Florida. These birds had been shown all throughout the state and have had several Championships and Grand Championships under their belt for Best in Breed, Best in Division.
Breed History: "The breed seems to have been developed in the area of southern Holland and just over the border in Germany. The Dutch painter Van Gink wrote that as far back as 1727 the breed could be found near the village of Lakervelt, in the southeastern corner of Holland. The breed’s first appearance in poultry shows was 1835, in West Hanover, and by 1860 was quite well known and bred in Westfalen and the Northern part of the Rhine province. Lakenvelder chickens were first shown in England in 1902, shortly after their arrival in that country. Although the breed arrived to America about 1900, they were not admitted to the American Poultry Association’s Standard of Perfection until 1939." - Livestock Conservancy
Different Varieties -
Silver Lakenvelder - in America we acknowledge Silver Lakenvelders only in the APA standards.
Golden Lakenvelders - (warning: controversy) In Europe the Golden Lakenvelder is simply Vorwerk - both breeds are the same in all aspects except coloration. Recently there has been an uproar since Greenfire Farms imported large fowl Vorwerks. 'Golden Lakenvelders' (Vorwerks) that were brought home to America after WW2 have been living in American for the last half a century. New importers are trying to 'keep the lines seperate' by claiming a distinction between Vorwerks and Golden Lakenvelders, of which there is none in the UK.
Blue Marked Lakenvelders - The Netherlands currently has a variety called "blue marked" in which the black coloration is actually blue - these are near extinction throughout the world.
We have been working diligently on obtaining these stock and hope to some day offer them for sale.
Breed Standards - Organizations Recognizing:
Body - Elongated
Comb - bright red, single comb with five distinct points held upright
Wattles.- bright red, medium length well-rounded
Lobes - white, small almond/oblong
Eyes - dark red/orange
Beak - dark horn
Tail - carried high
Legs - Featherless, Slate Blue
Feet - Slate, four toes
Skin - White
Roo: They have a rich black plumage on the head, neck, saddle, and tail. This distinctly stands out against their bright white body.
HEN : black on the head, neck, and tail and a white body.
Insufficient size; narrow or too short body; crest too small, split, too large or inclinations; lack of beard; tail too high; Iris eyes too clear branching at the crest; feet too clear.