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Monday, November 28, 2011

I Have Backyard Chickens, by Garden Betty

Want a virtual tour of the farm? Check out our latest write up! I Have Backyard Chickens, by Garden Betty


The author of Garden Betty, Linda Ly, (a blogger awarded Blue Ribbon Blogger Award by Country Living out of thousands of contenders, and a simply Awesome woman!) paid a visit to Dare 2 Dream Farms to get some chickens for her backyard! I had a great time with her here, and she wrote up a really nice article about her visit! Take a peek at the pics and commentary, and then keep reading! Her blog is addicting, I tell ya! You will keep going back for more; but don't feel guilty because its all great stuff!


Also, if you're in the market for chickens, and still looking for some great ideas on how to build your own, you'll want to take a look at her previous two blogs for some tips and inspiration:


Aloha to the New Tiki Coop
The Nuts & Bolts of the Tiki Coop

The Garden Betty tiki coop


Enjoy!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Barnevelders

We just finished raising up our first flock of Double Laced Partridge Barnevelders and were able to take pictures of the full grown beauties. We will have to raise these girls more often. They seem very calm and friendly - almost as sweet as Cochins or Brahmas. We recommend them just as highly for families with children, or for beginners. They might not produce eggs like a Rhode Island Red, but they're a stunner in your yard, and make a really nice companion!

Double Laced Partridge Barnevelder Foraging

Barnevelders were developed in the district of Barneveld in Holland. The original fowl was brought by Phoenician traders in the twelfth century, and it was not developed until the 19th century when the locals discovered Asiatic breeds with greater laying ability. They cross bred their Barnevelder with the Malay, Brahma, and Langshan in order to improve its laying performance. The eggs became larger, darker, and the Barnevelders laid more of them throughout the winter.

Traits: Barnevelders are a large, heavy breed with single red comb, red wattles and earlobes, and yellow legs. The only color variety recognized by the American Poultry Association is the Double Laced Partridge which features beautiful rich golden brown feathers with double black lacing in each feather. The head and hackle feathers are all black with a noticeable darker edging.

Double Laced Partridge Barnevelder Posing
Temperament: Barnevelders are calm, friendly, and hardy. They will do well in a backyard flock, with a family, and with beginners. Unfortunately, their gentle nature also means they are easily picked on. Barnevelders are best kept with Barnevelders, or other docile breeds. 

Production: The beauty of the darker brown egg has been bred through on this breed, and has unfortunately also affected the quantity of eggs Barnevelders lay.  You can expect to see approximately 175 eggs per year. Like other dark egg layers, the eggs are darkest when the hen is younger, and lighten with age.

Class: Continental

APA Recognized Color Varieties: Double Laced Partridge

Non-Recognized Color Varieties: Double Laced Blue (gorgeous!), White, and Black

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