North Holland Blue

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North Holland Blue

Postby 99chooks » Thu Feb 03, 2011 2:29 pm

The North Holland Blue is a breed of chicken originating in the province of North Holland. Created around the turn of the 20th century as a laying breed, North Holland Blues come in single variety with black and white striped pattern called Cuckoo. North Holland Blues have quiet, docile temperaments, and hens are good layers of slightly tinted eggs. In the 21st century, they are rather rare, being almost unknown outside their native country and the United Kingdom. North Holland Blues have white skin, and are clean-legged in their home country and NZ. British breed standards call for feathered legs, popular belief suggests to distinguish them from Marans.
Lincoln Universiry bred these birds but the unit was disbanded in the 1950's. There is a handful of die hard breeders in the South Island working tirelessly to re-establish the breed using only the genes from the original "McKinnin line" these being jealously guarded.
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Re: North Holland Blue

Postby gecko » Thu Feb 03, 2011 11:31 pm

For those interested ,herewith an url for the Dutch NHB site. It has an English Language Version if your Dutch is a little 'rusty'.http://www.anhbc.nl/anhbc_declub.hotmail.It also has the Dutch Standard - different from the English Version used here and much more applicable to NZ NHB (as I have yet to see NHB with leg-feathering in New Zealand.) :idea:
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Re: North Holland Blue

Postby nzguernseygirl » Sat Sep 08, 2012 12:01 pm

there is a very good breeder of these up in whangarei called zorse on trade me. she currently has fertile eggs on there atm. she never sells eggs unless she gets 100% fertility rate over several hatches. all hers have white legs. NO yellow legs. i just got some more chickens from her yesterday. she also has two seperate breeding pens of them with two different lines so she can send un related fertile eggs aswell
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Re: North Holland Blue

Postby MrQuail » Tue Sep 11, 2012 2:00 am

I have zorse's as well. The legs are really important, loads of NHBs in NZ have got a bit of barred rock in their background from people confusing them.
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Re: North Holland Blue

Postby 99chooks » Tue Sep 11, 2012 4:25 pm

MrQuail wrote:The legs are really important, loads of NHBs in NZ have got a bit of barred rock in their background from people confusing them.


It wasn't a case of confusion, it was more a case of the inability to get many birds up from the SI. Once they were released from the university the caretakers guarded the birds jealously, so the odd bird that did become available was crossed with the closest thing at hand and that was the BR. Zorse has BR in one of her lines (and mentions the possibility of the odd yellow leg in her trades) and the other line is pure Lincoln university genes so 100% white legged. She is a very dedicated honest breeder.
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Re: North Holland Blue

Postby CluCluckClan » Fri Nov 30, 2012 3:09 pm

I have bred out the yellow leg gene in one line of North Hollands and I await the next generation to confirm this.
The McKinnon line sounds like a cool legend but has had dissappointments
Fertility has always been good in the eggs and they have all travelled well from the South Island
I have kept the 2 lines seperate because there is bronzing in the McKinnon line. The birds are a good weight, excellent layers of size 6 white egg
I found yellow leg genes in 60 - 70% which I have eliminated.
I recently have sourced one more hatch of legendary McKinnon North Holland eggs and so fingers crossed.
This has been a long labour of love for a breed which is well worth the effort.
North Hollands are now recognised and have their own class at the show!
We have a new club starting - Dutch Chicken Breeders
Includes
North Hollands
Barnevelder
Wellsumer
All positive progress
Anyone who has lines and would like to contribute to the recovery of the legendary North Holland please contact me.
ChEErS!
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Re: North Holland Blue

Postby nhb » Wed Mar 06, 2013 11:08 am

iam 1 of those south islanders with the mckinnin line, unfortunitly at the building up of numbers stage at the moment but i have sourced my chooks from 3 different people. hoping to get things moving ahead abit faster next season, not that i have given up on this one. i have read what has been said & tried to PM without any success sounds like we need to get a bit of a data base so we know who is out there and can help each other along. this is to much of an underrated breed and more than able to speek for its self just not sure how to get it out there. iam not trying to stir up a hornets nest, i just want what is best for the breed. i want to see it grow in popularity not die out , i have more to say but i think i have said what i wanted to say for now
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Re: North Holland Blue

Postby buzzard » Fri Nov 08, 2013 9:22 pm

This thread needs some pics!

Here is my current breeding pair,
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he wouldn't be one for in a semi rural setting, he crows all day, he even crows at dusk
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Re: North Holland Blue

Postby Marina » Sat Nov 09, 2013 2:34 pm

Brilliant pics - never seen nice 'clean' ones like yours, Buzzard. What a difference to the one in the Your Poultry book with his reddish tinge.

I also like the calves in the background...
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Re: North Holland Blue

Postby buzzard » Sat Nov 09, 2013 4:04 pm

He's a cracker, I didn't breed him, but am very familiar with this line which originated in WInton.
I got eggs from the same source about 4 years ago, and a resultant hen from that batch is still laying her heart out now

I have had birds from about 3-4 sources or branches (including pure McKinnons), and this particular one is outstanding.

As Anglea has said there a specialist Dutch breeds Club started last year, and next year the club will be hosted at the Waikato Club show, 12th-13th July and there should be some great examples of this breed there
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Re: North Holland Blue

Postby 99chooks » Sat Nov 09, 2013 9:33 pm

I can confirm that this rooster has a mouth like you wouldn't believe. We couldn't hear ourselves think at the Hamilton A&P show. :mrgreen:
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Re: North Holland Blue

Postby sewren » Sun Nov 10, 2013 6:47 pm

Lovely pics Buzzard - they're a beautiful couple! :)

And yes, I agree that the more pics we can get up on the breed threads the better - always good to have comparisons.
Seventeen beautiful chooks in a rainbow of breeds and Silver Appleyard ducks!
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