chickens
chicken breeds I have kept
Barnevelder
Medium heavy breed of chicken named after the Dutch town of Barneveld..  Barnevelders make good utility chickens as they are  both good layers as well as being fairly good meat chickens.


advantages/disadvantages summary

Advantages
Barnevelder hens.  Barnevelders make good utility chickens as they are  both good layers as well as being fairly good meat chickens.

Photo of a Barnevelder rooster
Barnevelder Rooster
  • Good egg layers.  The best of all the pure breed chickens I ran.
     
  • Fairly good mothers.
     
  • Hens regularly go broody,  which is good if you have a rooster or access to fertile eggs.  They do not go broody as regularly as Light Sussex bantams.
     
  • Good utility chicken, providing both plenty of eggs and a good sized carcase when slaughtered.
     
  • Beautiful looking chicken.
Disadvantages
  • A little flighty, especially when young.  Though not as flighty as some chicken breeds.
       
  • Some mothers had a tendency to get off eggs they were sitting on before the chicks  hatched.
     
  • Hens regularly go broody, which is a nuisance if you don't have a rooster or fertile eggs for them to sit on.  Though they do not go broody as often as Light Sussex bantam chickens.
     
  • More expensive than crossbreed chickens.

Barnevelder hens.  They were the best egg layers of the three purebred chicken breeds that I have kept.