The Friesian is an ancient breed of chicken from the Netherlands, and in particular Friesland. Though they appear in many colours within the Netherlands and Germany, varieties are limited elsewhere.
Friesian cocks weigh 1.4–1.6 kg and hens 1.2–1.4 kg. The Friesian is a flighty breed that has retained many of its wild instincts, such as strong flight and foraging abilities; however, one feral trait it has not kept is a high susceptibility towards broodiness. It shares these behaviors with other Light Continental breeds such as the Campine, and Lakenvelder. Even though the breed lays smallish eggs, it is quite productive. This breed is a layer of white eggs.