A lovely Lakenvelder
I have had Lucy, my Lakenvelder, for a number of years now and she is a very good layer and very hardy. Yes she is a little flighty but she does not go broody and so I would highly recommend the breed. She lays a good sized white egg. She is an excellent forager so will not consume as much grain as your average hybrid.
It is unclear whether the Lakenvelder originated in the Netherlands or Germany. The Dutch claim the Lakenvelder was named after the village of Lakenvelt. Others think that the name came from Lakenvel, meaning shadow on a sheet, and still others that it was named after Lakenvelder cattle which have black and white markings. Laying aside all these possibilities, I think the majority believe that the breed originated in the Westphalian area of Germany. Lakenvelders are striking with their white-feathered long bodies contrasting with black neck and tail feathers; this colour marking is called belted. They are non-sitters and flighty, not liking to be cooped up.
Lucy the Lakenvelder