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Wednesday
Jul022014

New Barnevelder Chooks

We were very excited recently to bring home three eight week old Barnevelders! They are the most gorgeous chooks, and very inquisitive.

We were keen for Barnevelder chooks on the recommendation from our good friends who recently purchased some for their own suburban backyard. This traditional breed originated in Holland, and is known for being hardy, quite and not-flighty, making them ideal for a suburban garden.    

It took us a while to track down a breeder, and we ended up finding one in Sydney through the website Gumtree.

They love being spoiled with freshly made porridge in the morning for breakfast, and enjoy fresh greens like chickweed in addition to their grain.

Following the recent sad loss of our silkie chickens to a fox, we will be keeping these girls safe inside their large predator proof house! 

Reader Comments (5)

One looks like a rooster! :)
July 3, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMeeka
is there any chance you could share the breeder with me as i would be very interested in some of these beautiful chooks.
July 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterGoingGreen
I usually have Australorps, but got a Barnevelder when I added two more Australorps to my flock. I got mine from City Chicks (they have a website), and have been pleased with the health of them all. Just one thing, we thought Fortinbrass (the Barnevelder0 was going to be a non-layer, which is fine because she'd still be a part of the family, but she started laying at just over 9 months old and hasn't stopped. The thing is, rather than sit on the nest, she just stops whatever she's doing, looks puzzled, drops the egg, and then carries on.
July 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMelanie
Thanks for your blog - I've been reading it for quite a while as I've been experimenting with permaculture ideas in my own backyard in the northern suburbs of Sydney. We have one Barnevelder in our little mixed flock (Treasure the light sussex, Shyla the Australorp, Luna the Barred Rock, Andy Ninja the ISA Brown, Snowball the silky and Abby the Barnevelder). Abby seems to be quite shy around humans compared to some of the others but perhaps because she was 3 months old when we acquired her. Our Sussex and Australorp are much more cheeky and keen to be handled - it could be a personality thing though. Like Melanie we got most of our hens from City Chicks in Dural - not the cheapest place but the people at the farm were really lovely and helpful.
October 18, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterNicole
How are you liking the Barnevedlers? We want to get chooks again soon, and I've been madly researching chooks that do ok in the heat - we live in Adelaide so although I can do lots ot mitigate the heat, we have those 40 degree weeks and I want to get chooks that cope ok with it. But I also don't want them to be too flighty, because I'm hoping to be able to give them a bonus run under fruit trees with just a high fence as a run, no roof. I've had austrolorps and loved them but they were a bit flighty. How are yours in that regard, if you don't mind me asking?

They sure are beautiful birds.
March 23, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterKate

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