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 recognized. Details: Breed purpose: Dual Purpose Comb Type: Single Broodiness: Occasional Climate Tolerance: Good, cold tolerant Weight: roosters 10lbs, hens 8lbs Egg Productivity: Good Egg Size: Large Egg Color: Brown Pic by @stoneunhenged Pic by @plumcreek Pic by @plumcreek Pic by @DCchicks BYC Breed reviews: https://www.backyardchickens.com/products/bielefelder General breed discussion: https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/727364/a-bielefelder-thread/0_20 Do you own Bielefelders? Are you a Bielefelder breeder? If so, please reply to this thread with the your thoughts and experiences, including: · What made you decide to get this breed? · Do you own them for fun? Breeding? Some other purpose? · What are your favorite characteristics about this breed? · Post some pics of your birds; male/female, chicks, eggs, etc!