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  • Breed Purpose:
    Dual purpose
    Climate Tolerance:
    Cold tolerant
    Egg Productivity:
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    Breed Temperament:
    Friendly, gentle, mild tempered, handles well
    Breed Colors/Varieties:
    A cuckoo red partridge pattern
    Breed Size:
    Large fowl
    APA/ABA Class:
    Not recognised
    A cuckoo red partridge pattern

    The Bielefelder is a relatively new breed, development beginning in the 1970’s by Gerd Roth in the area of Bielefeld, Germany, hence the breed's name. They were successful in creating a large fast maturing dual purpose breed with a kind calm temperament and excellent cold tolerance. The hens are friendly, gentle birds, excellent layers for a duel purpose breed, laying about 200 large dark brown eggs a year, and they are good winter layers. They will go broody occasionally. The roosters are said to have exceptionally nice temperaments. The breed has the added benefit of being auto-sexing by colour at hatch.

    A number of breeds were used in the creation of the Bielefelder including Malines, New Hampshire Reds and Welsummers. They are a colorful attractive bird, in a cuckoo red partridge pattern reminiscent of the Legbars.

    They are not APA recognised.

    Bielefelder chicks

    Bielefelder juveniles

    Bielefelder hens

    Bielefelder rooster

    For more information on this breed and their owners' and breeders' experiences with them, see our breed discussion here:
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  • Chicken Breed Info:
    Breed Purpose: Dual Purpose (Meat/Eggs)



    Climate Tolerance: Handles Cold & Hot very well!

    General Egg Info: Huge Eggs
    Egg Productivity: Excellent

    Egg Size: Huge

    Egg Color: terra cotta

    Breed Temperament: Calm, Docile

    Breed Colors / Varieties: Crele

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Recent User Reviews

  1. NJClucker
    "Too Big Too Costly"
    Pros - Friendly, Cold Hardy, Good Egg Production, Auto Sex Chicks
    Cons - Feed Hogs, Slow To Mature, Susceptible To Sickness
    I have had two flocks of Bielefelders, I was mostly drawn to them because of the chicks being able to be auto sexed at hatch. As I grew out the chick to pullets then hens they ate lots and lots and lots of feed, way more than the other breeds I had at the farm. They are a very heavy bird and due to their large size they did not start laying till close to 10 months old. Not a very cost effective breed to start out with as Bielefelder chicks prices are in the mid to hi end range, add in the amount of feed you will put into them before you see your first egg in 9-10 months.

    Over the years of having them I have experienced a few times Bielefelder hens and roosters being fine in health the night before and the next morning I find one dead. The first few times I shrugged it off and figured it was just a weak bird that died however over the months and years I kept randomly happening. Out of a flock of 10 I have one lone hen left, she is now in our personal family flock and is still a good egg producer and one of our most friendly girls. In the end the Bielefelder breed was disappointing for us. IMG_9157.JPG
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    Purchase Date:
    May 2015
  2. rusty acres
    "Love my Bielefelders!"
    I love my Bielefelders! They are good layers, with large pink-brown eggs, big beautiful birds, and great temperaments! They love being petted, very friendly, and great around my 3 young kids.
  3. PeepersMama
    "Best breed I've ever owned."
    Pros - Quiet, friendly, smart, easy to tame, beautiful plumage
    Cons - They're always under foot (but is that even a bad thing?)
    The only Bielefelder I've had was an AWESOME chicken. She was a little angel, always got a long with her "sister" and was super gentle. Sadly she had to be culled along with over half the rest of our flock due to disease outbreak, so I didn't get to see how well she laid. I will be getting more of them this spring though, so I will edit this when I do!

    EDIT: 6/26/18
    I got six 'felder chicks this spring, and ever since day one they've been the sweetest, most mellow chickens I've ever seen. Publius, one of my two boys, was an absolute lap dog. Super super sweet, unflappable, always happy to see you. Sadly he was attacked by a dog a couple weeks ago and didn't survive (RIP Little man). The remaining roo is just as chill as Poobles. He weighs 4.5 pounds at 3 months old. Can't wait to see how this guy fills out.

    My only problem with the hens is that I can't tell them apart. :gig They all have such beaiful personalities, they want nothing more than to hang out in your lap or next you and and just chat. I can't recommend these guys more highly for a beginner flock.

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  1. Rainbow Acres
    The Bielefelders are my favorite breed hands down! I highly recommend them. They are so friendly, curious, big and docile. They all come running to great me and I can pick up any one of them. I've kept four roosters together without problems and when mixed with a flock of other roosters, they intervene in squabbles and keep the peace. They lay reliably through the winter months and last summer I was shocked to get a beautiful big, terracotta colored egg a day from each one for several weeks. They do well in our cold, northern Canadian winters and never go broody. My only complaint as a breeder, is that it seems the roosters are too docile and don't do a great job of fertilizing my eggs, which is why I keep four, but perhaps it is just my flock. Oh and did I mention the chicks are the cutest? Easily sexed at hatching, the girls look like little chipmunks.
  2. Jack Speese
    Being Pennsylvania Dutch, I am naturally intrigued by this breed. I've heard great things about legbars but my wife just doesn't like blue-shelled eggs, says they remind her of songbird eggs. When it comes time to replace my current flock (NH Reds and Delawares), which I am fond of, but eventually the egg production will inevitably decline in a few years, I'm seriously thinking about Bielefelders. Hopefully they'll catch on and become more common, as legbars are starting to do. I'm not surprised that some folks say they don't particularly like hot weather. After all, Germany (where they were developed) has pretty miserable weather. Like the idea of the autosexing chicks and gentle roosters. One of the NH Red "pullets" was a sexing mistake and turned out to be a rooster, and once he got over a year old he turned mean as the devil. Never had a rooster like that before. The last time he flew into me and drew blood, I decided I had had enough and sold him. He'd probably make a great rooster for a free-range flock, as aggressive as he is. But I don't free range my gals because there are too many hawks around.
  3. treefarmer42
    I have owned 2 flocks of Beils and neither have produced the amount of eggs as I have read to expect. Other then that they are great birds but taking into consider how much they eat in relationship to the amount of eggs I would have to rate them as fair-poor egg layers. Believe me they are fed the best foods, egg layer 16 %, black sunflower seeds, mealworms,black soldier fly larva, as treats and cracked corn in cold months with other foods. They live in a ventilated house with outside run. I have tried something that I have just began a new post on. I have bred a male Beil with RR hens and believe they are sexlinked chicks. Hoping to mix the 2 great birds to create the best brown egg layer with a colorful, large chicken.
    Has anyone else done this and if so please let me know your findings.
    Thank you
  4. AtaraxyAcres
    One of my Bielefelders has been laying huge eggs ....just got one at 84 grams.
  5. DesertChic
    @Diannastarr - Hello, neighbor!!! Bisbee does stay cooler than where I am in Green Valley so you may have better luck with the Biels than I've had. The Cream Legbars shouldn't be a problem. I have a friend in Texas who has some and says she's had no problems with them. This is my first year with Silver Grey Dorkings. They are currently about 20 weeks old and so far are doing well with our unusually hot spring weather. I hose down the ground for them on hot days and make sure they have plenty of shade and cool water...that's it. They're perfectly happy with minimal care out here. I'm hoping to work on breed improvement with my Dorkings as well as to increase breed recognition out here. They really are lovely, affectionate birds. The other breed I strongly recommend for those in the desert heat are the Naked Neck Turkens. It may take a while to get used to their unique looks, but for this area I truly think they are the best bird you can get, and super friendly. If you ever want to "talk chicken" just PM me. :)
  6. Diannastarr
    hi DesertChic , great to know you have Bielefelder i was interested in that breed & also cream legbars good to know you are in southern AZ i am in Bisbee AZ , thanks for your info on the Bielefelders, very interesting ,i am also interested in Dorkings for some good broody mamas : )
  7. Coop de Grass
    I have not had to butcher any Bielefelders yet, so I cannot comment on meat quality. I've had 2 hens for a year bought them at 1 week. They began laying a month later than the other hens, however their eggs have been larger since day 1. They have been laying regularly except for when one of them went broody. I did break her of it by taking her out of the nest box constantly. It took a few weeks for her to start laying.

    They definitely don't like the heat, but production hasn't dropped significantly. I can count on 5 eggs per week from each hen.

    My girls have an extensive fenced area outside of a large run (30 x 30 x 10) they would rather be out and scratching through leaves in the woods, or in the backyard.

    Can only speak about my hens. I will have to wait for my chicks to grow. The pullet was taken by a coon 2 months ago.
  8. dekel18042
    How old are your hens? Some start with laying smaller eggs, medium or so and their eggs don't increase in size until at least their second year and often get even larger the third.
  9. doodledoo2u2
    You Cannot be too careful when purchasing ! I found out the hard way as well !
  10. KayTee
    I have hatched two lots of Bielefelder eggs under broody hens, and in both cases I had to help them out of the shell. The eggs from other breeds pipped and zipped as normal, but the Bielefelder shells / membranes seemed to be extra tough and although the chicks pipped ok, they could't make their way out. The first time I didn't notice quickly enough, and although I eventually helped the chick out it was too weak and it died. Second time round I was more vigilant - I noticed that they had pipped, but that there was no further progress even though other eggs that pipped at the same time had completely hatched. I gently broke the shell and membrane away, and both chicks went wild, as if saying "What took you so long?"! They're only 4 days old, but just as fluffy and lively as all the other chicks in the flock!

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