Barnevelder

Looks- The Barnevelder is characterised by a broad, deep and full body, with a medium sized head and red face which is un-feathered. The single comb, wattles and earlobes should all be bright red, and the eyes should be orange-brown. The bird stands on clean, yellow legs. The double laced feathers have a dark hackle feathers with a beetle green sheen with contrasting edging. The breast id light brown and there is an attractive brown and black lacing effect on the wings. The males tail is black but on the hen the lacing continues up the tail.

Personality- This is a great bird for the garden. It is calm and docile, which is perfectfor the family environment. The birds are friendly, but this does mean that the young birds can suffer from bulling, so be carefull if you are keeping them in a mixed flock. It is particularly important to take care when introducing new birds to the flock.
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Eggs- The production of the dark brown eggs has unfortunately come at the cost of the number of eggs produced. Selective breeding over the years for the desirable shell colour has affected overall levels of productivity and the poorer layers produce the best shell colour. Nevertheless the keeper can still expect around 170 eggs per year from a healthy young hen. In general as the hen gets older the colour of the eggs will gradually lighten.
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Day-to-day- Barnevelder�s are easy to live with because the bird are robust and stay generally healthy, as long as they are kept in good conditions. They eat well and are good foragers, but do not react too badly to confinement. Their clean legs mean that any problems with parasite are easy to spot. Barnevelder�s are fast growers, although the cockerels are slow to feather, but this can be a useful�identification point for sexing purposes early on.

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