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Holland Bantam Chickens

Holland

You may wonder why an American breed of chicken is called Holland. The answer lies in the ancestry of the breed. Breeders began with light-weight stock originally imported from Holland, and mated it with White Leghorn, Rhode Island Red, New Hampshire, and Lamona. Through careful selection the White Holland was created. Simultaneously, the Barred Holland was created by mating White Leghorn, Barred Plymouth Rock, Australorp, and Brown Leghorn. The breed was admitted to the American Poultry Association Standard of Perfection in 1949.

Hollands have earned a good reputation as being ideally suited to farm conditions. They are good foragers with calm temperaments. The breed is fairly cold tolerant, though during periods of extreme cold the males may suffer some frostbite to their single combs. The hens can become broody and will sometimes raise their own offspring. Hollands also tend to have a slow to moderate growth rate. But this fact must be weighed against their ability to rustle a significant portion of their own food.






Characteristics: Well adaptable to confinement or free range. Calm and good tempered. Very cold hardy and can be a good setter.



  • Standard Weights: Cock-34 oz; Hen-30 oz; Cockerel-26 oz; Pullet-24 oz.
  • Varieties: Barred, White
  • Skin Color: Yellow
  • Egg Shell Color: White
  • Use: Exhibition
  • Origin: USA




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