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  1. RWD

    A Bielefelder Thread !

    They will loose about 50% of their feathers and look rough for 2-3 weeks. Stopped laying until they got their feathers back, and started back slowly laying. Overall time frame about 4-5 weeks. My molt came late winter, but they had been under lights.
  2. RWD

    My neighbor’s dog is tearing my coop apart.

    Run a good stout hot wire around the coop.
  3. RWD

    A Bielefelder Thread !

    Just went out and checked rather closely, and out of 25 roo chicks 6-12 weeks old there are none showing anything but straight combs.
  4. RWD

    A Bielefelder Thread !

    Dont be surprised if they quit after a week of laying, and go 1-3 weeks before they start back. Mine have always started then stopped and then restarted. Also never had any start at 21 weeks, but either way you will love these birds.
  5. RWD

    A Bielefelder Thread !

    Count me in.....
  6. RWD

    A Bielefelder Thread !

    Most of mine start laying from 26 - 28 weeks of age. Sometimes they will start 24 - 25 weeks but then they will stop after 4 - 6 days of laying for 1 - 2 weeks then start back consistent. The group of roos that I am raising for meat are only 12 weeks old and I plan to take them to 18 - 20 weeks...
  7. RWD

    A Bielefelder Thread !

    Exactly what I thought it would be !!!!!!! Every Biele I have is SOP. ;)
  8. RWD

    A Bielefelder Thread !

    My eggs run xjumbo to jumbo, but I have only had one double yoker, out of 800+/- eggs.
  9. RWD

    A Bielefelder Thread !

    Out of 5 hens, I have one that lays a normal size egg, 4 that lay a jumbo egg, and 3 pullets have started laying and their eggs are getting bigger each week.
  10. RWD

    A Bielefelder Thread !

    Now this is a darn good question.....
  11. RWD

    A Bielefelder Thread !

    That would be animal cruelty.......
  12. RWD

    A Bielefelder Thread !

    Finally got a digital scale today to weigh eggs. Collected 4 Bielefelder eggs today the smallest weighed 2.68 oz. and the largest weighed 2.96 oz.. My hens turn 2 years old in another month and have experienced no prolapse or other egg laying problems.
  13. RWD

    A Bielefelder Thread !

    The age difference, and one group is laying and the other one is not. Plus group B is on grass.
  14. RWD

    A Bielefelder Thread !

    In response to the comments about Bielefelders being feed hogs, I just finished a 21 day track of 22% mini pellet feed. There are 2 groups, group A consist of 5 hens and 1 roo all being 23 months old and laying 4-5 eggs per day. Group B consist of 5 pullets and 1 roo all being 23-27 weeks old...
  15. RWD

    Coyote-proof coop?

    14 ga.- 2"x4".
  16. RWD

    A Bielefelder Thread !

    Without "Breed Standards" it could be done in any animals, not just chickens. Are there written breed standards for Bielefelders?
  17. RWD

    A Bielefelder Thread !

    At what age would you put a young roo in with 3-4 older hens? What would signal that he is of breeding age? The Biel pullets take longer to mature, so I am wondering if the roos do too.
  18. RWD

    A Bielefelder Thread !

    Mine are super good dual purpose layers, I am guessing with one post under their belt they probably are just mistaken.........
  19. RWD

    coop sides- use wire or wood panels? very hot in the summer!

    Personally, I would use a short solid wall on the bottom (24"-36") and then wire on the upper portion of the wall. Heat will rise and go out while still offering the most protection. And I agree a box fan works wonders......
  20. RWD

    A Bielefelder Thread !

    One group of 5 hens - 2 roos are 2 years old, and I have a group of 5 pullets and 1 roo that is 6-7 months old. They are all from the 2011 import.
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