The Barnevelder (pronounced Bar·ne·veld·er) originated in the Netherlands, as a mix between local and imported Asian chickens, during the early 1900s. Barnevelders are a medium-sized dual-purpose bird. They are a docile, cold-hardy, bird that takes to foraging quickly. Their plumage has beautiful double-laced brown and iridescent green feathers with yellow legs. Adults weigh five to seven-pounds, and hens lay approximately 160-large light brown eggs. Barnevelder chicks have brown down feathers with dark stripes on their backs, dark heads, and speckles around their eyes.