- Lakenvelder Chicken
Cackle Hatchery® has the Silver Lakenvelder variety of this breed of chicken. The Lakenvelder chicken breed dates back to the 1830's in Germany. This breed was first exhibited in England in 1902 and was admitted to the American Standard of Perfection in 1939. 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. Very quick and active and foraging widely if allowed to run. The hens lay white eggs and are non-setters. The name is referred to as "a shadow under a sheet."
Lakenvelder Chicken Projected Availability
PLEASE NOTE: This availability chart is updated periodically and does not reflect the availability of in-store poultry and does not represent a guarantee of shipping date.
We hatch/ship February - September of each season. See Calendar.
We schedule all orders to ship ASAP when the entire order is available. If you would like to delay your order, you can specify your delay date at checkout.
There is an additional small order fee ($20) charged for orders of only 3-14 poultry. We do not ship less than 3 poultry.
- Poultry Show Class: Continental Class
- Weights: Hen------4 lbs Rooster------5 lbs
Pullet----3 1/2 lbs Cockerel----4 lbs
- Purpose and Type: Egg Laying; Exhibition
- Egg Shell Color: Cream or Tinted
- Egg Production: 150+ eggs per year (estimates only, see FAQ)
- Egg Size: Medium
- Temperament: Active/Flighty
- Fertility Percentage: 40-55%
- Broody: Non Setter
- Mating Ratio: 10 Females to 1 Male
- Roost Height: 4+ feet
- Country of Origin: Germany
- APA: Yes, Recognized by the American Standard of Perfection in 1939.
- ALBC: Threatened Status, Considered a sustainable heritage chicken breed.
- Breeder Farm Source: Cackle Hatchery® Poultry Breeding Farm has been developing our bloodline or strain of pure Lakenvelder chicken since 1979.
Absolutely Love Review by Barb
I had raised lakenvelders many years ago. They are very hardy little birds. They absolutely love to forage yet they are quick to avoid predators. They aren't the easiest birds to produce perfect markings but the ones I received from Cackle were almost perfect especially the cockerels. Takes time to get them to show quality but I have decent stock to start with. (Posted on 12/2/2019)
Love them!! Review by Sam
I've had them for about 6 months now, on a homestead out in the middle of nowhere. Haven't lost any due to predators. They are very self efficient, a falcon swooped down to grab a roo, they seen him coming and ran into the brush. Very flighty, can fly up 7ft and get out of via a small 6 inch hole. Beautiful birds and on the smart side for a chicken.. (Posted on 11/25/2019)
Handsome Fowl Review by Stonefield
Lakenvelders are striking birds that free range successfully. Their active, flighty nature seems vital to this rather small dual purpose breed.
Introducing the Lakenvelder Charcoal gene produces attractive, darker, resilient crossbreds. (Posted on 11/23/2019)
Great Rooster breed Review by Coffeegirl64
Love my Lakenvelder roo. He's a handsome boy who really looks after his flock. He is not at all aggressive, less vocal than some other breeds I've had, and a good forager. I'd highly recommend this breed. (Posted on 11/22/2019)
Great Birds Review by William
I have enjoyed raising the Lakenvelders. They are calm and docile, not aggressive with the other chickens. The roosters are handsome and seem quiet compared to the other breeds I have. The hen is a pretty good layer, the eggs are small and off white in color. (Posted on 11/22/2019)
Great rooster Review by Rhonda
I had Cowboy, MH Lakenvelder rooster for six years. The best ever, not aggressive to people or hens. Great protector, easy going, easy keeper. I'd take 50 more of him. Miss him. (Posted on 2/19/2019)
Gorgeous but an a**hole Review by Joss
We had a lakenvelder rooster out of our happy cackle. The good: he was beautiful, the prettiest roo we had. An awesome free ranger.9 The bad: he was a massive jerk. He would chase down my young daughters and spur them. He actually would come across the yard just to hunt them down. It was frightening. Needless to say he became dinner last Saturday. He tasted pretty good atleast. (Posted on 9/12/2017)
Great Website Review by Paul
Great website, plenty of excellent info,I will be ordering from you soon. (Posted on 8/17/2017)
Pretty and pretty mean Review by Jake
Got three of these in a hatchery surprise. The hen is pretty and the two idiot roosters are just plain mean. Their favorite pastime is fighting. The black and white feathers on their necks flare out and they mean business. If they take on a Cochin or Brahma they team up and stand shoulder to shoulder and whip all who can't run fast enough. When they have everybody punked they turn on each other. They are only 2 months old so I'm not sure how they will treat the hens but I'm not gonna find out. I'm gonna put em in a pot and let em fight with the onions and carrots as soon as they are worth plucking.
(Posted on 6/18/2017)
Wonderful and beautiful chickens! Review by Travis J in South Texas
Got 5 from Cackle almost 2 years ago and they were nice, small beautiful chickens in our free-range pasture. Hens sometimes roosted in the trees and our 1 rooster was such a handsome and faithful shepherd of the other hens of various breeds and crowed with a nice clean voice--he recently died protecting our hens from a stray dog--doing his job to the end. Still have a sweet Lacken hen in our flock and she's a real beauty. They're not the best egg layers but sure add character and beauty to your flock (Posted on 12/11/2016)
Madison's Chickens Review by Pappaw
Got 3 of these strait run with our order we placed back in May. Two are Roosters and one pullet. Roosters are reasonably calm which is why they are still around and the hen is a very active girl. Lays a small to med off white egg,,on the steps to the barn loft. She has at least an 8' vertical flight so she always gets out of the fenced area. Never any trouble to put up. Got these special for my granddaughter. Don't want a whole flock of them tho unless you have fencing for a Giraffe. (Posted on 11/25/2016)
Thanks! Review by John, Texas July 2010
Our chicks made it yesterday. They all like and act in great shape after a short drink they went right to eating and running around. (Posted on 11/20/2015)