Created in Germany, the Bielefelder just might be the ultimate dual purpose bird! They are extremely docile, large for the table, lay good-sized eggs, and are autosexing. What more could a homesteader ask for? The only flaw we've found is that they do eat more than other breeds, probably because of their large size. None of our roosters of any breed have ever attacked us and gone on to reproduce, but these boys have been the most mellow with us and are the least likely to cause drama in the bachelor pad or with the hens.
Bielefelders lay on average 250 medium-large medium brown eggs per year.
Bielefelder hens weigh about 10lbs and roosters weigh about 12lbs.
Bielefelders are very cold hardy, but their combs are prone to frostbite. Less so than many other breeds, but they can still get it.
Bielefelders are like big teddy bears! They are even more mellow than our Ameraucanas, and they're content to mostly sit around. Roosters are exceptionally calm and voted least likely to attack anyone or anything. In the brooders when most chicks are starting to get feisty, the Bielefelder boys always end up flying out and trying to chill with us or the younger chicks. They're happy free ranging or hanging out in a run.