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You are Here: Home -> Baby Chicks -> Standard Breed Chicks -> Rare And Unusual Breeds -> Lakenvelders

2014 Delivery Dates
Catalog Number Description 1-5 6-15 16-24 25-49 50 or more How Many
LAKC Males $2.70 $2.45 $2.40 $2.08 $2.00 Sold Out
LAKP Females $4.02 $3.77 $3.68 $3.66 $3.55 Sold Out
LAKS Straight Run $3.24 $2.99 $2.93 $2.88 $2.84 Sold Out
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Availability Display below is for the next several hatches. This breed is available for future dates. You can pick the date during the check out process. Green: available. Blue: limited availability. Red: not available.
Quick Stats
Type: standard
Class: English
Egg Color: white
Egg Size: medium
Egg Production: better
Meat Production: poor
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Heat Tolerance: best
Cold Tolerance: poor
Disposition: poor
Weeks to Maturity: 20
Freerange: best
Skin Color: white
Comb Type: single
Likely to sit on eggs: not at all likely
Bird Size: medium
Exotic: yes
Leg Style: clean
Head Style: regular
Male Mature Weight: 5 lbs
Female Mature Weight: 4 lbs
ALBC Priority: threatened
These are one of the most beautiful in appearance of any of our rare varieties with their striking black and white markings and slate colored legs. We are told that the word “Lakenvelder” when translated from the Dutch means “a shadow on a sheet”, a particularly descriptive name. They were bred extensively in Germany and Holland as long ago as the early 1800’s, but were not recognized here until the 1930’s. They are quite small when mature, 3 to 4 Ibs., and very quick and active, foraging widely if allowed to run. The skin is white and the breast unusually plump and round, almost like wild game birds. Hens lay white eggs and are non-setters. Baby chicks are mostly creamy white with a half collar of black on the neck and sprinkling of black on the head and back.
As a reminder, to help ensure a safe arrival to you, the minimum number of chicks for each order prior to April 1st is 25. On and after April 1st, the minimum number of chicks required is 15. You can mix and match any type of baby chick in your order to reach the applicable chick minimum order. If ordering any bantams, we require a minimum of 15 bantams per order.
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Customer Product Reviews
product review Got one free exotic chick with my order of Delawares. I named him Elvis because of his handsome appearance and he croons a beautiful Tarzan like crow. He rules the yard with a firm spur and holds his own with the average dog or raccoon. He generally ignores people but has a remarkable memory of anyone that annoys him. Once you're on his hit list don't turn your back to him. He does not play well with other roosters, very protective and possessive of the flock.
This summer I ordered a large variety of chickens from McMurray's and my free exotic chick turned out to be a Lakenvelder rooster. We named him "Lucky Luciano" for the way he struts around. Though, he's protective of his hens, he has not once been aggressive to us. He's not flighty or wild like I expected, he's just independent. If you want an early maturing, light breed chicken that is a hustler on range, and that the roosters are very watchful and kind to their hens, than Lakenvelder is the way to go. I'm very impressed with our Lucky and I'd like to get some hens of this breed next time. They are gorgeous chickens.
James, my Lakenvelder rooster is the king of my flock, but he is a kitten towards me. He loves to sit on my arms or shoulder, and is generally tame, enjoying all the attention he can get from me. I certainly don't regret choosing him as the male companion for all the girls.
I ordered the rarest of the rare assortment and ended up with one Lakenvelder rooster! They just turned a year old this June and, since I have way too many roosters, I began to stew one a day. The Lakenvelder was just a little lighter (weight wise) than my other rare breeds, however his short little legs made him stand at half the height of all my other birds! I thought he was very unique and handsome. He ended up in the pot today, and I was completely surprised at how easy it was to prepare him. Definitely by far the easiest chicken I've ever cooked in my life. Didn't have to use hot water-feathers came right off, didn't become hard or stiff, and it was so simple to cut nice clean pieces and make a fantastic stew! Quick, clean, and with very little effort at all. Just enough bird for a dinner for two.
Thank you for these cute Lakenvelders! Although they are a little skittish that is what I expected :) They are very beaitiful to see around my yard. Thank you for the great birds!! Matthew
I received my order of Lakenvelder hens today. I have dealt with many hatcheries before but McMurray is by far the best of all of them. I added my quik chik mix to their water, and these birds are all over the place. The liveliest and most energetic chicks by far.
We have a two-year old Lakenvelder Rooster who is little but thinks he runs the farm. We call him Princey because he is quite serious and very busy attending to everywhere at once. The place wouldn't be the same without him.
My Lakenvelder rooster is by far the best rooster I have ever owned. He keeps order in my flock, protects my hens and is very gentle with them also. I have seen him catch grasshoppers and worms and proudly bring them to 'his' girls. We have several other roosters of differant breeds in the flock but he keeps order, if someone starts something, it is ended quickly just by his presance. If you want a good rooster to keep your girls happy and safe this is the breed for you.