If you could only have one breed of chicken, the Bielefelder is the top choice due to their high production of large unique shade of brown eggs, docile and gentle temperament, meaty carcass in both males and females, and beauty of their feathers.
The Bielefelder (Bie-le-fel-der) was developed in Bielefeld, Germany by Gerd Roth in the early 1970s and are not currently recognized by the American Poultry Association. Bielefelders have clean, yellow legs and a beautiful variegated feather pattern known as cuckoo red. They are believed to be developed from many breeds including Cuckoo Malines or Cuckoo Marans, Amrocks (a European production version of Barred Plymouth Rocks), Wyandottes, New Hampshire Reds, and Rhode Island Reds. Hens are excellent egg layers and should provide you with 3-5 large, brown eggs weekly. Eggs are light brown, often with pink undertones, The Bielefelder’s egg-laying ability, autosexing trait, and large, meaty carcass make the Bielefelder a great dual-purpose breed. The Bielefelder is a good forager and hardy in both cold and hot climates.
Average mature weight: roosters 8 lbs., hens 6 lbs.