A Bielefelder Thread !

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by faysel, Dec 3, 2012.

  1. DesertChic

    DesertChic Overrun With Chickens

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    As far as increasing production goes, I've no idea. Perhaps others on this thread with more experience can provide a better answer. I do know that Australorps are already known for being amazing egg layers. Biel eggs are brownish in color, though the hatching eggs I received range from a peachy-brown to an almost mauve color to a deeper salmon-brown.

    Perhaps the most desirable thing about Bielefelder roosters is the fact that they're so incredibly people-friendly while be tolerant of other roosters, and yet still protective of their girls. And they're big! Really, really big!
     
  2. jbkirk

    jbkirk A Learning Breeder

    I hope every thing goes well. (I have heard that they just about always take their time)
     
  3. DesertChic

    DesertChic Overrun With Chickens

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    Oh yeah. The more you watch them the more resistant they are to hatching. I'm convinced those little chicks can actually see me through the eggshell, hovering over them. My poor little lone chick...named "Bosch", by the way...is still alone in the brooder while all of the other eggs have now pipped, but not hatched. I'm really NOT a patient person. [​IMG]
     
  4. Odelia

    Odelia Chillin' With My Peeps

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    All of those breeds lay brown eggs. I don't believe the cross would effect productivity but offspring should lay a larger egg.

     
  5. jbkirk

    jbkirk A Learning Breeder

    Just like a watched pot never boils, soooooooo start ignoring them and they'll all hatch just like that.[​IMG]
     
  6. salmonfood

    salmonfood Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the replies.
    Supposedly Bielefelders lay about 200 eggs per year. Supposedly my Astrolaurps lay about 300/year. So I would imagine a cross would decrease the number of eggs but increase the size.

    Either way I already have way more eggs than I need, so perhaps the real benefit would be just in having a large rooster for protection
     
  7. jbkirk

    jbkirk A Learning Breeder

    Have any more popped out? [​IMG]
     
  8. DesertChic

    DesertChic Overrun With Chickens

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    I'm up to six now...4 boys and 2 girls. Three more are sloooowly pecking their way into the world. Once they hatch that will be 100% of what I put in lockdown. [​IMG]
     
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  9. jbkirk

    jbkirk A Learning Breeder

    [​IMG]LOL sounds just like my chickens [​IMG]
     
  10. Ron Skekel

    Ron Skekel Overrun With Chickens

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    Maybe you will come across a poulet then you can have chicks. Pam
     

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