8 of the Best Dutch Chicken Breeds
Chicken breeds from the Netherlands include:
The Barnevelder is a medium heavy breed of chicken named after the Dutch town of Barneveld. It is a cross of local Dutch chickens with Asian breeds such as the Brahma, Cochin, Croad Langshan and Malay.
- Booted Bantam
The Booted Bantam name is derived from the bird's extravagant feathering on the feet and hock joints, which are called vulture hocks. With no large fowl counterpart from which it was miniaturized, the Booted is one of the true bantams.
- Dutch Bantam
The Dutch Bantam is one of the true bantam breeds. Dutch Bantams have many colour variations, and have grown in popularity as exhibition poultry worldwide. They are also practical chickens, being especially good layers for their size.
- Hamburg / Hamburgh
The Hamburg or Hamburgh in Britain, is a type of chicken developed in Germany and Holland prior to 1700. It is comparatively rare, with less than 1000 registered in North America each year.
Lakenvelders are a breed of chicken developed in the 1830’s in the Netherlands. Characteristics of the breed are black head and tail, white body, white skin and slate coloured legs. The Lakenvelder is a flighty breed that has a small body and lays a white egg.
- North Holland Blue
The North Holland Blue is a breed of chicken originating in the province of North Holland. Created around the turn of the 20th century as laying breed, North Holland Blues come in single variety with black and white striped pattern called Cuckoo. North Holland Blues have quiet, docile temperaments, and hens are good layers of light brown eggs. North Holland Blues have white skin, and are clean-legged in their home country. British breed standards call for feathered legs.
- Polish / Polands
The Polish is a European breed of chicken known for its crest of feathers. The English language name of these birds is a misnomer, as they do not originate in the country of Poland. Instead, the oldest accounts of crested chickens comes from the Netherlands. In addition to combs, their heads are adorned with large crests due to a cone (called a protuberance) on the top of their skull. The crests cover almost their entire heads.
Welsummer is a chicken breed originally from the small village of Welsum, in the east part of The Netherlands. It was bred from local fowls of mixed origin, Rhode Island Reds, Barnevelders, and Partridge Leghorns, Cochin, Wyandotte at the beginning of the 20th century. The breed was added to the British Standard in 1930.