- Breed Purpose:
- Dual purpose
- Climate Tolerance:
- Cold tolerant
- Egg Productivity:
- Egg Size:
- Egg Color:
- 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.
For more information on this breed and their owners' and breeders' experiences with them, see our breed discussion here: https://www.backyardchickens.com/threads/chicken-breed-focus-bielefelder.1069851/
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
Chicken Breed Photos:
Recent User Reviews
"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.
"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!
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. 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.