Lakenvelder Chicken

(12 customer reviews)

As low as: $3.90

Hatching on June 24, 2024

Order now for estimated delivery by June 27, 2024.

  • Lakenvelder – Sold as Baby Chicks Only – No Sexing Available
       Minimums – Not Sexed = 3
                                Total of 3 birds to ship 

Seasonal/Shipped Feb thru mid August


Breed Facts

  • 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.
  • TLC: 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.


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.”


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12 reviews for Lakenvelder Chicken

  1. Barb

    Absolutely Love

    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.

  2. Sam

    Love them!!

    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..

  3. Stonefield

    Handsome Fowl

    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.

  4. Coffeegirl64

    Great Rooster breed

    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.

  5. William

    Great Birds

    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.

  6. Rhonda

    Great rooster

    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.

  7. Joss

    Gorgeous but an a**hole

    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.

  8. Paul

    Great Website

    Great website, plenty of excellent info,I will be ordering from you soon.

  9. Jake

    Pretty and pretty mean

    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.

  10. Travis J in South Texas

    Wonderful and beautiful chickens!

    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

  11. Pappaw

    Madison’s Chickens

    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.

  12. 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.

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