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Holland chickensrnare dual purpose birds developed at the Rutgers Breeding Farms in NewrnJersey,US. They were created with birds imported from Holland crossed withrnWhite Leghorns, Rhode Island Reds, New Hampshires, and Lamonas, which createdrnthe White Hollands. Another cross included White Leghorns, Barred PlymouthrnRocks, Australorps and Brown Leghorns that produced the barred variety ofrnHollands. Both were accepted by the American Poultry Association in 1949. rnrn

rnrnWhite Hollandsrnhave pure white plumage without any other colors. Barred Hollands have blackrnand white barred feathers covering the entire chicken. Holland hens have arndarker plumage than the roosters. Roosters weigh eight pounds, and the hensrnweight six. Holland have a single, red, six-point comb. All six points standrnerect on the rooster. The hen's last five points droop. The Standard ofrnPerfection dictates red earlobes for the breed, but most Hollands have whiterncenter in their lobe. Medium red wattles dangle from their cheeks.rnrn

rnrnHolland chickens layrnwhite eggs and produce a meaty, yellow carcass preferred by most Americans.rnUnlike today's egg producers, Hollands thrive in a small farm settings. Theyrnwithstand confinement well but prefer foraging for their own food. Adaptable,rnthey can live in all latitudes with standard precautions to protect fromrnfrostbite. Hollands have a slow growth rate unacceptable in commercialrnoperations but entirely adequate for backyard farmers. Hens go broody whenrnneeded and make excellent mothers.rnrn

rnrnHolland are calmrnand docile with a cheerful disposition. They eat commercial feed but can justrnas easily forage for themselves. They display few of the irritating traits suchrnas flightiness or aggression seen in other egg layers. They get along with eachrnother in confinement. Quiet, the Holland can live in settings with humanrnneighbors. rnrn

rnrnHollands needrnsufficient room to forage for food. Make a large, dry run with availablernorganic feed grains. Supplement their diet with extra protein and calcium to supportrntheir egg laying. Provide extra space for nesting. Holland hens prefer raisingrntheir own brood. Protect the rooster's comb in the coldest months usingrnpetroleum jelly or better yet by providing insulated housing. Hollands facernextinction. In fact, the White Holland may not exist. Buy good quality stockrnfrom reliable Holland keepers and make the effort to advance the survival ofrnthe breed.

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