About Lakenvelder Chickens
Lakenvelders chickens originate from the Middle East and are
bred primarily for egg production. The hens lay three medium, porcelain white
eggs as week. They are an active breed and they have little time for brooding
and they will seldom sit in a nest. They enjoy foraging and will cover a large
area if allowed to do so. With adequate space they gather most of their own
food. They have delicious, white meat, albeit, minimal in quantity.
Lakenvelders adapts well to their environment. Their origins
from the Middle East might lead one to assume that Lakenvelders could only
survive in warmer climates. However, they have thrived in Europe for decades
and adapt to a wide range of weather.
Lakenvelder chickens have many of the temperaments common
with foragers. Owners describe them as quick, intelligent, wary, and at times
flighty. Foragers survive by their wits. They love to forage but will adapt to
confinement. Lakenvelder chickens get along with each other in close quarters.
The word “Lakenvelder” describes the general appearance of
the breed. It literally and poetically translates as “shadow on the sheets.”
Lakenvelders in general have a white body with black hackles and tail. The
roosters may have a black and white mix on their saddle feathers. The hens
sometimes have white feathers mixed in their hackles. The American Poultry
Association (APA) only recognizes the Silver Lakenvelder. Europe accepts other
configurations such as the Golden Lakenvelder and Blue Lakenvelder known as the
Vorwerk. The Lakenvelder averages four or five pounds. The smaller version
average two pounds.
As egg layers Lakenvelders need calcium and protein
supplements to their diet. Feed them a good layer food. Lakenvelder forage
great distances. Give them as much room as you can afford. They will reward you
with lower feed costs. An active breed, the Lakenvelder lays much and broods
little. They make the perfect egg layer except if you want to propagate the
breed. Bring in a good brooder from another breed or an incubator for hatching.
Although adaptable, provide a well-insulated, draft free coop for your