A Holland chicken poses for the camera while standing in a grass field.

Hollands are actually an American breed of chicken, believe it or not. The name derives from the fact that they were originally developed from stock that was imported from Holland. They're calm, friendly layers and do well in homesteading situations because they're good foragers and they do go broody occasionally. Unfortunately, they're quite rare, and are often less attractive to backyard chicken keepers because their eggs are white.


Class: American
Type: Large Fowl & Bantam
Size: Medium (6-7 lbs)
Rarity: Common
Purpose: Dual
Recognized Varieties: White & Barred

Egg Facts:

Egg Laying: Good (3/wk)
Egg Color: White
Egg Size: Large

Fancy Features:

Comb Type: Single Comb
Crested: No
Feathered Legs: No
Number of Toes: 4

Suitability to Backyard Life:

Cold Hardiness: Hardy in winter
Heat Tolerance: Not especially heat hardy
Bears Confinement: Bears confinement well
Especially Docile: No
Setter/Broody: Yes
Personality: Calm, Cheerful, Good Foragers,