The Barnevelder is a medium heavy breed of chicken named after the Dutch town of Barneveld. It is a cross of century Dutch landrace chickens with Asian breeds imported to Europe in the mid-late century such as the Brahma, Cochin, Croad Langshan and Malay.
My future "pet". The Plymouth Barred Rock hen is often agreed to be the best backyard chicken. They are great egg layers and are cuddly and quiet. And no, you do not need a rooster for hens to lay eggs.