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Barred Holland Chicken

Gallus gallus domesticus

Holland chickens were developed in the 1930s by combining a breed imported from Holland with three other breeds to create chickens that lay white eggs but are also hardy and fleshy.

The Barred Holland Chicken is a moderately large bird, weighing 5.5 – 7.5 pounds. They are black and white and have a bright red single comb with six well-defined points, red wattles and earlobes.

Range & Habitat

This domestic Heritage Breed does well in a backyard, barnyard, or free range.


Commercial Chicken pellets and grain.

Life Span

About 8 years.

Fun Facts about the Barred Holland Chicken

  • Barred (black and white) and all-white Hollands were approved by the American Poultry Association in 1949, but the less popular white Holland is now believed to be extinct.
  • Hollands have earned a good reputation as being ideally suited for farm conditions. They’re good foragers with calm temperaments.
  • They are fairly cold tolerant, though during periods of extreme cold, males may suffer some frostbite to their single combs.


Brown, S. (n.d), Holland Chicken: A Useful and Critically Endangered Breed. Retrieved February 24, 2021, from

Livestock Conservancy. (n.d.). Holland Chicken. Retrieved February 24, 2021.

Domestic Animal Breeds: Holland Chicken

Updated June 13, 2023
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