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Bielfelder Chicken

Country of Origin: Germany

Primary Use: Dual Purpose

​Bird Size: 6-10lbs

Egg Production: Excellent

Egg Size: large

Egg Color: Brown

Comb Type: Single Comb

​Hardiness: Heat and Cold Tolerant

​Temperament: Docile

 

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SKU: bielfelder-chicken Category: Product ID: 4357
bielfelder-chicken

Have you ever heard of the über chicken? It is the Bielfelder of course! Hailed as the ultimate chicken breed possessing everything desirable: autosexing bird, dual purpose, very hardy through harsh winters and high heat, beautiful feather patterns, and a docile breed, some say acting like dogs not chickens.

Bielefelders consistently lay some of the largest brown eggs we have typically seen here at the farm, they lay them in very impressive numbers, and start laying at a young age. The eggs are a color that is unique to this breed. Their beautiful shade of brown, which often contains pink undertones, is distinct in appearance, it is so pretty. Hens are also unusual in that despite their large size they are extremely gentle, and you can even remove the eggs from under the hens without being pecked. These are large robust birds and can also be used as a fine table bird which mature pretty quick for a non-commercial breed.

The Bielefelder DNA has the autosexing function; day-old chicks can be sexed based on their feather color patterns, and this trait is passed on with each generation. The complex color pattern in the adults is known as Kennfarbig and in English would be called cuckoo red partridge. Even in its native land Bielefelders command a very high price today, and they are virtually unknown outside Germany.

We have been working on obtaining a good foundation of Bielfelders for a couple years now. We are hoping to finally start offering birds in Spring of 2021.

History

the Bielefelder chicken was German engineered in the town of Bielfelder by Gerd Roth in the early 1970’s.  It would seem a tribute to American standard bred large fowl or possibly a secondary attempt in the 1980’s to create a colored large growth chicken. The breeds used in creation of the Bielefelder consist of New Hampshires derived from strains of Rhode Island Reds, Amrocks, Wyandottes, and Belgian Malines. Some even say Welsummers.

Sugar-Feather is member of the following groups:

National Poultry Improvement Plan

The Livestock Conservancy

Pre-ordered adults and hatchlings may be picked up by appointment. To safeguard our birds from exposure to disease brought in by visitors, in accordance with the provisions of the National Poultry Improvement Plan, areas where birds are kept are off limits. However you are welcome to look at all the breeds and interactions, it is a site to see.

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