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Hollands are a fairly rare breed of large chickens that are dual purpose and originate from America.
The breed was developed at the Rutgers Breeding Farms in New Jersey, with birds imported from Holland being crossed with White Leghorns, Rhode Island Reds, New Hampshires, and Lamonas, which created the White Hollands. Another cross that included White Leghorns, Barred Plymouth Rocks, Australorps and Brown Leghorns produced the barred variety of Hollands. Both were accepted by the American Poultry Association in 1949.
- Class: American
- Varieties: White and Barred
- Purpose: Dual (egg and meat)
- Egg Size / Color: Medium / White
- Skin Color: Yellow
- Standard Weights: Cock - 8½lbs; Hen - 6½lbs; Cockerel - 7½lbs; Pullet - 5½lbs
There is also a bantam version of the breed.
- ^ http://www.livestockconservancy.org/index.php/heritage/internal/holland