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Lakenvelders chickens originate from the Middle East and arernbred primarily for egg production. The hens lay three medium, porcelain whiterneggs as week. They are an active breed and they have little time for broodingrnand they will seldom sit in a nest. They enjoy foraging and will cover a largernarea if allowed to do so. With adequate space they gather most of their ownrnfood. They have delicious, white meat, albeit, minimal in quantity.

rnrnLakenvelders adapts well to their environment. Their originsrnfrom the Middle East might lead one to assume that Lakenvelders could onlyrnsurvive in warmer climates. However, they have thrived in Europe for decadesrnand adapt to a wide range of weather.

rnrnLakenvelder chickens have many of the temperaments commonrnwith foragers. Owners describe them as quick, intelligent, wary, and at timesrnflighty. Foragers survive by their wits. They love to forage but will adapt tornconfinement. Lakenvelder chickens get along with each other in close quarters.

rnrnThe word “Lakenvelder” describes the general appearance ofrnthe breed. It literally and poetically translates as “shadow on the sheets.”rnLakenvelders in general have a white body with black hackles and tail. Thernroosters may have a black and white mix on their saddle feathers. The hensrnsometimes have white feathers mixed in their hackles. The American PoultryrnAssociation (APA) only recognizes the Silver Lakenvelder. Europe accepts otherrnconfigurations such as the Golden Lakenvelder and Blue Lakenvelder known as thernVorwerk. The Lakenvelder averages four or five pounds. The smaller versionrnaverage two pounds.

rnrnAs egg layers Lakenvelders need calcium and proteinrnsupplements to their diet. Feed them a good layer food. Lakenvelder foragerngreat distances. Give them as much room as you can afford. They will reward yournwith lower feed costs. An active breed, the Lakenvelder lays much and broodsrnlittle. They make the perfect egg layer except if you want to propagate thernbreed. Bring in a good brooder from another breed or an incubator for hatching.rnAlthough adaptable, provide a well-insulated, draft free coop for yourrnLakenvelders.

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