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Bielefelder

Average User Rating:
4.18182/5,
  • Greenfire Farms offers this description:

    What would happen if you took the extraordinary sophistication of German engineering and applied it to the challenge of creating the ├╝ber-chicken? You might create something like the Bielefelder. This breed was developed in Bielefeld, Germany in the early 1970s by a poultry breeder named Gerd Roth, and the breed is highly valued in its native country. Herr Roth used a number of breeds in developing the Bielefelder including the cuckoo Malines (also imported by Greenfire Farms), Amrock, Wyandotte, and the New Hampshire. In 2011, Greenfire Farms was the first to import Bielefelders into the United States. In 2013, we imported an unrelated bloodline of Bielefelders.

    The introduction of modern chicken breeds is often accompanied with much hype, but in the case of the Bielefelders the superlatives happen to be true. If you could choose only one breed of chicken to keep and you were interested in both meat and eggs, the Bielefelder would be the breed to select. Their large meaty carcasses, huge eggs, auto-sexing function, gentle temperaments, and beautiful feathers make them a top choice in almost every category.

    Bielefelders consistently lay some of the the largest brown eggs of any chicken breed that we have kept at Greenfire Farms, they lay them in very impressive numbers, and they start laying at a young age. The eggs are a color that is unique to this breed. Their beautiful shade of brown, which contains pink undertones, is distinct in appearance from other chicken breeds. Hens are also unusual in that despite their large size they are extremely gentle, and you can remove the eggs from under the hens without being pecked; a practical everyday benefit given the mass and power of these birds.

    Embedded in the Bielefelder DNA is the auto-sexing function; day-old chicks can be easily sexed based on their feather color patterns, and this trait is passed on with each generation.
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  • Chicken Breed Info:
    Breed Purpose: Dual Purpose (Meat/Eggs)


    Comb:

    Broodiness:

    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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    Chicken Breed Photos:


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    Rooster



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    Adolescent



Recent User Reviews

  1. CrowHollowFarm
    5/5,
    "Always will be on my farm"
    Pros - Lay great, autosexing, calm
    Cons - Need to get meatier roosters
    First off I love this breed, but I am honest. Mine are very hardy as chicks and are voracious bug eaters. And if left to free range the adults go also, but they still like their feed. My hens lay a large to extra large egg virtually everyday. I have noticed that I do need to be very selective when picking roosters, some will get more off a barred rock look, so those need to be culled. Also I have noticed that the lighter roosters also have a heavier and stocky frame which could get us closer to the duel purpose bird that they were intended to be. I am afraid if the lighter rooster are not selected then this breed may end up like some of the other autosexing breeds and start to loose that feature over time. My hens started laying l little before 6 months old. If I have chickens this will always be on my little farm.
    Overall:
    5
    WannabeFarmer5 likes this.
  2. VistaSRJ
    2/5,
    "A Disappointing Breed"
    Pros - Very gentle and friendly, beautiful roosters, decent egg layers
    Cons - Very poor meat quality, eat a lot, drab hens
    I've had 18-20 chicken breeds, and feel I can give a fair judgment on a few of them. The Bielefelder is definitely one of them. I started out with a group of 16, of which 9 were pullets and 7 were cockerels. I had heard so much about these birds that they made the top of my list when I was getting into chickens. I will admit that I raised them for a couple years and sold them to others, but all the time I was simply trying to make myself thrilled with them.

    Temperament was definitely a pro for this breed. It was their best quality by far, and there is nothing bad I would say about them in this regard- if all you care about is a sweet disposition, this may be your breed. They were truly gentle giants, easy to handle, and preferred to be friendly rather than flighty. They got along with each other, even the roosters could be kept together with ease.

    Color is a personal preference. I truly did not care for their color. The roosters were quite pretty, but the hens were so drab. And since you have one rooster to several hens, I have a preference for breeds where the hens are pretty. I did like the shape of the hens, they were very round and chunky looking.

    Egg laying was decent when they did it, but I found them poor layers through both the cold winter and hot summer months. The eggs were good sized, but not as large as I expected from a giant breed.

    Free ranging was poor. I allow my chickens to range at will sometimes, as well as keeping them in a very extensive fenced area. Usually I free feed, but once or twice I actually pulled their feed for a day in an attempt to force them to go out and forage. It didn't work; they just hung out till I gave them their feed and devoured it like they'd never had food in their life. And they eat a lot to begin with. For weight to feed, I rate this breed very poor. And that brings me to the last thing I will rate them for....

    Meat quality was very poor. I have found in most cases that those of us who raise the larger breeds like this are not only looking for eggs, but also a decent table bird. I found Bielefelders terrible in every respect. I butchered a cockerel at 6 mths, which is my normal time for a heritage breed, and found him to have so little meat for his weight that I waited another couple months for the other cockerels. The meat to weight ratio was still very inferior to other dual purpose birds I've had. As to meat quality, I have never had such tough meat! Nothing we did could soften these birds. I'd think it was the way I raised them, except it was the same way I've raised my other cockerels who have made excellent table fare. Oddly enough, my breeds that ranged more than these were often far more tender. I really think it was just the breed itself.

    So overall, I have to give them a low rating. They simply did not have enough good qualities to make me want them so I finally sold off my group and have moved on to birds that meet more of my criteria.
    Overall:
    2
    SuperMell, Luffa and FarmrGirl like this.
  3. jbkirk
    5/5,
    "Great Breed"
    Pros - Autosexing, Gentle, Meaty
    Cons - Late laying,
    Be very careful who you buy from. The lady who I bought from (I'm not blaming her)must have had some other blood in her flock as mine laid normal sized eggs not the X-Large or Jumbo that other reviewers got.
    Overall:
    5

User Comments

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  1. 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. :)
  2. 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 : )
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. doodledoo2u2
    You Cannot be too careful when purchasing ! I found out the hard way as well !
  6. 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!
  7. summerb123
    lol i have had that happen before
  8. Mrs. K
    I have just a rooster, and crossed him over riff-raff hens. Only got three pullets, but the roosters were nice carcasses.

    Another advantage is the feather pattern disappears in the prairie. Making them blend in with their surroundings.

    I was also surprised that the EE x B crossed hens produced blue and green eggs!
  9. hellbender
    Crossing them with your Naked Necks will surely help adjust their thermostats. jajajajajajaja
  10. jbkirk
    Oh and thanks @Odelia for posting this review!!!!

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