The Barnevelder originated in the town of Barneveld, Netherlands. The breed was developed by crossing Dutch chickens with the Langshan, Brahma and Cochin. The hens do go broody often but this makes them a docile chicken and a good mother. Barnevelders can be black, double laced, partridge and silver.
Baby Chicks: Initially have yellow plumage which slowly changes to darker feathers.
Distinct features seen in adults: Both Barnevelder hens and roosters have very prominent orange eyes and yellow legs.