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Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by faysel, Dec 3, 2012.
Rainy and 39 degrees. So you're not missing much today.
What say you.
The thread briefly spoke about the amount of feed our Biels consume. I just did a 7 day test and I found the following:
11 week olds contained in a pen. 7 hens and 5 roosters. They consumed 17.5 lbs. of a mash feed within 7 days. That averages 1.5 lbs per bird ( I'm sure males will eat a bit more then females.)
Does that sound similar or not to your Biels?
That seems very avg. for dual purpose birds. Mine are not excessive eaters either. Right in line with my juveniles.
Bielefelders are impressive egg layers. Out of five hens my last week or so has run 4-4-3-4-3-4-4, and today 5 eggs out of 5 hens. All Xtra large eggs that are almost perfectly oval.
Not too bad, but I need to start on fermented feed so I can be up to speed if we add these Biels in the Spring.
Thanks for posting the numbers! Time to work on my spreadsheet.
Mine don't eat that much. I feed organic feed I ferment and every other day they free range. They are good free rangers. Pam
It's been mentioned on here that everyone says how big they are and people that say that we haven't seen orpingtons. I saw orpingtons yesterday I have the 2013 line my bielefelders are twice the size of the orp's I saw. Pam
My hens are not the largest hens that I have ever seen, but my roosters are the largest that I have ever been around.
You didn't see a big Eng Orpington. I have Eng Orps too and have seen grown Bielefelders and they are just not the same. Bieles might weigh more but Eng Orps will look bigger with all the FLUFF. A good Eng Orp is just HUGE. I have a big Cuckoo Marans and I had a HUGE GS Barred Rock and the ORPS LOOK bigger but just not as heavy as the other birds. The Biele I saw was only slightly larger than my Rhodebar. We will see how my little guys grow out.
The farm I went to all their stock was Greenfire Farms and ewe crazy farm who all have imported there stock. Maybe it's the difference between the 2011 inport of biefeleders and the 2013. IDK will post pick's of mine tomorrow their hudge. I'm not saying the all orpingtons are smaller just the ones I saw were smaller. Pam