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Lakenvelder Chickens

Lakenvelder Chickens For Sale

Introduction to Lakenvelder Chickens

Lakenvelder chickens are a pure, rare breed of large hen, they have a lovely black and white plumage and are known as Silver. They have lovely characters they are docile, gentle and very sweet. They are a bit like a Leghorn mixed with a Vorwerk, they can be flighty but are generally hand tameable and very kind natured. Great in a free roaming or back garden set up, they lay about 190-200 medium cream tinted eggs a year.

Good With Most

This breed will be suited with most other breeds, however, some gentle breeds are not compatible with Hybrids or more aggressive breeds. Check the full breed guide for more information.

Chicken Buying Guide

Aloof But Friendly

This breed will be very inquisitive and friendly; however, they can seem a little aloof as they do not like being handled too much and will be self-sufficient, they prefer to chicken about doing their own thing.

150-200 Medium Cream/White PA

This breed will lay up to 190 medium, to large, cream/white coloured eggs per year, they are not known for being overly broody.

More About Lakenvelder

  • Character

  • Suitability

  • History


Lakenvelder chickens are a lovely gentle natured rare pure breed, they are fairly large and confident but docile at the same time. They are great pets as they are curious, inquisitive and like human company. They are not an overly cuddly breed but will hand tame once they trust you, they will also follow you about talking to you a lot. They are good for children as they are strong and robust and not aggressive. They mix well with other breeds and can be placed on their own on mixed flocks.


The Lakenvelder is a utility bird and as such they are self-sufficient, they love to forage and are very happy free roaming the fields, they would be suited to a smaller set up but would need run enrichment such as: logs to climb on, sand baths to languish in and areas of dirt to forage in. They are alert, smart and great for first time chicken keepers. They are suited with most other breeds and can even be placed with some of our delicate bantams. They like company and are very inquisitive, they can fly so you will need a good enclosure to keep them in when not around our out free ranging, they can also manage a house with a ladder or a ramp.


The exact origins of the Lakenvelder are not 100% clear. There are two different ideas as to its origins, one suggestion is that the breed derived from Holland, where it is documented from 1727, and its name may have come from the village of Lakerveld. An alternative history is that it originated in Germany in the area of Dielingen in Nordrhein-Westfalen. The Lakenvelder was first imported into Britain in 1901, and was shown in Shrewsbury in 1902. They are not known for being broody and can lay up to 190 large cream-coloured eggs a year, they life expectancy is about 5-10 years.

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