Lakenvelders are beautiful in appearance with their striking black and white markings and slate coloured legs. The word “Lakenvelder” when translated from the Dutch means “a shadow on a sheet”, a particularly descriptive name. They were bred extensively in Germany and Holland as long ago as the early 1800’s, but were not recognised in the UK until the 1930’s.
Lakenvelders are quite small when mature and very quick and active, foraging widely when free-range. The skin is white and the breast unusually plump and round, almost like wild game birds. Hens lay white eggs and are non-setters. Baby chicks are mostly creamy white with a half collar of black on the neck and sprinkling of black on the head and back.
See also: Dutch Chicken Breeds