The Lakenvelder is an old German breed, famous for its unique color pattern. The neck, saddle, and tail feathers of the Lakenvelder are black, while the wings, back, and breast are white. This pattern gives them a belted look like Dutch Belted cattle and Hampshire hogs. The sharp contrast of black and white feathers makes them an interesting bird to have and admire. In addition to their unique color, they are also excellent egg layers. They are lightweight, weighing four to five pounds as mature adults. They are an active breed that is well adapted for free-ranging. The Lakenvelder is a unique and rare breed that would add interest to any flock, all while producing approximately 240 medium white eggs for the table. Chicks have silver to black down feathers with white heads and wings. They have grey colored legs and dark spots on their peach beaks.