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Lakenfelder Hahn (Jungtier).JPG
A young Lakenvelder cock
Conservation status GEH, Germany: III, endangered
Other names German: Lakenfelder
Country of origin Germany
Use eggs
  • Male: up to 2.5 kg[1]
  • Female: up to 2 kg[1]
Skin colour white
Egg colour white to tinted
Comb type single, 5-pointed[2]
APA Continental[3]
PCGB rare soft feather: light[4]

The Lakenvelder /ˈlɑːkənvɛldər/ or Lakenfelder is a breed of domestic chicken from the Nordrhein-Westfalen area of Germany and neighbouring areas of the Netherlands. It was first recorded in 1727.[5]


The Lakenvelder was first imported into Britain in 1901, and was shown in Shrewsbury in 1902.[5] It was admitted to the Standard of Perfection of the American Poultry Association in 1939.[3]


The head, neck hackle and tail of the Lakenvelder are solid black, without spots, ticks or stripes; the inner web of the wing primaries and secondaries is black. The rest of the bird is white with a pale blue-grey under-colour. The black-and-white pattern is similar to the colouring of the Lakenvelder breed of cattle, which originated in the same area.[5]

The eyes are bright chestnut or red, the beak dark horn, and the face, wattles and comb bright red, with white earlobes. The legs are slate-blue.[5]


The Lakenvelder lays up to 160 white eggs, weighing up to 50 g each, per year.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Rote Liste: Einheimische Nutztierrassen in Deutschland 2013 Archived 2014-02-01 at the Wayback Machine. (in German). Bundesanstalt für Landwirtschaft und Ernährung. Accessed August 2014.
  2. ^ Carol Ekarius (2007). Storey's Illustrated Guide to Poultry Breeds. North Adams, MA: Storey Publishing. ISBN 9781580176682. p. 57–58.
  3. ^ a b APA Recognized Breeds and Varieties: As of January 1, 2012. American Poultry Association. Archived 4 November 2017.
  4. ^ Breed Classification. Poultry Club of Great Britain. Accessed August 2014.
  5. ^ a b c d Victoria Roberts (2008). British poultry standards: complete specifications and judging points of all standardized breeds and varieties of poultry as compiled by the specialist breed clubs and recognised by the Poultry Club of Great Britain. Oxford: Blackwell. ISBN 9781405156424. p. 159–160.