Why we like them: This beautiful hen is devoted to gift you with lots of jumbo brown eggs. Embedded in the Bielefelder DNA is the auto-sexing function; perfect for families that don't want to get emotionally attached and discover they adopted a rooster in disguise. The Bielefelder is commonly referred to as the über-chicken. Their dual purpose utility, huge eggs, auto-sexing function, gentle temperaments, and beautiful feathers make them a top choice in almost every category.
Feather Colors: Chicks are autos-exing at hatch meaning that you can immediately tell the females from the males. The down coloring of the day-old cockerels is yellow ocher with light brown dorsal stripes and white barring on the head. Females have light brown with rich dark brown dorsal stripes and small barring on the head.
Egg Color/ Frequency: Gifts 4-5 large brown eggs a week
Hen point of lay is earlier than most varieties. Delivery of smaller eggs when beginning to lay is usual, but these gals will distribute medium eggs right out the gate. A couple months later you'll be collecting 70g egg habitually. The beautiful egg color is unique to the Bielefelder. Their beautiful shade of brown, which contains pink undertones, is very distinct in appearance.
Personality: These gentle giants are out-going, inquisitive birds that seem more like dogs than chickens. . Hens will sing a song letting you know they laid, but other than that; don't make a lot of noise.
History: Bielefelder hens are quick to mature, weather-proof, auto-sexing chicken with remarkable performance laying large brown eggs. Not only are they cold hardy, they don’t mind the snow and seem to enjoy playing in the rain. The Bielefelder was developed in Bielefeld, Germany in the early 1970s using several breeds of chickens including the cuckoo Malines, Amrock, Wyandotte, and the New Hampshire.
Most families are attracted to obtaining their chickens from us because we are completely different than the industry standards. Industry standard is to sex as accurately as possible and sell as pullets (female chicks) and force customers to accept a >10% chance of an accidental rooster without the ability to accept returns nor refunds. In addition, industry standard is to sell bantams (such as silkies) as straight runs only as vent sexing is not possible. We offer multiple sexing options. If you are not able to care for an accidental rooster our female coverage and DNA sexing options are a great value.
We provide as much information on our website as possible to ensure families make an informed decision based on their situation and lifestyle. Some breeds are more accurate in sexing and most families find our female coverage adequate in providing a free home for their accidental rooster ($50 savings) and issuing store credit in the amount of orginal purchased price. While other breeds or families with strong emotional attachments prefer to invest in DNA sexing.
If you are lucky enough to have a rooster, our male sexing option is a great way to save money on a wonderful breed.
Female Chick Coverage
Our female sexing coverage is designed for families that live within city ordinances that do not allow roosters or families wanting a free home for any accidental rooster. To qualify for rehoming, the rooster must be healthy. If the family decides to return the healthy rooster, a store credit in the amount of original purchase price is provided. As a family, you decide if you would rather return the healthy boy(s) for credit or if you have fallen in love with the boy(s) and prefer to keep him/them without credit.
Depending on the breed, sexing accuracy can range as low as 50% (bantam breeds such as Silkies), 90% (standard breeds) and as high as 97% (auto sexing breeds). To learn more about how we sex baby chicks based on breed and how you can sex as they age, View: How to Sex Chickens
Female sex covered chicks are eligible for our prorated life insurance.
DNA Sexed Female Chicks
For families that get emotionally bonded quickly and do not want to risk a future discovery of a rooster, we offer DNA sexing. DNA sexing is the only true accurate method of sexing baby chicks. You will receive laboratory results certifying 99.9% accuracy. DNA testing is a significantly higher financial investment. In most cases, it is 3x the cost as (1) female sex covered chick.
Our DNA sexed option is offered as "Next Available" or as a pre-order. Once enough chicks hatch and are available, we submit multiple chicks for testing for each DNA female chick ordered. The laboratory results can take 1-2 weeks after sample submission.
Time flexibility of order fulfillment is needed for this option. Once your order is ready, we communicate via text (to the number provided at checkout) that your order is ready for pick up. DNA sexed chicks need to be picked up or delivery arranged within 7 days of text. We are not able to extend free boarding. If exceeding 7 days, the original order will be forfeited. We are able to provide a store credit to allow reordering minus a $65 DNA testing fee.
DNA Sexed Female chicks are eligible for our prorated life insurance.
Balance accuracy with financial investment
The sexing decision is one that needs to be made at time of purchased and the original order cannot be altered once the order is fulfilled. It is important as a family to determine the right balance between sexing accuracy and financial investment for your family’s situation.