Bielefelder is a German breed of chicken made famous by Gerd Roth in 1980's Germany. This breed comes in two colors, crele and silver. Silver is the rarest as it was considered a cull early on in the breeding program as Roth bred for his ultimate crele Uber chicken. We keep both varieties. Our birds are random bred to keep all of the characteristics of these amazing breeds going. It is an amazingly diverse gene pool. We have Canadian, American, as well as European genetics.
Much work was put into creating the silver version. A farming family known for its breeding programs in British Columbia have worked with preserving the original germplasm as well as reintroducing diversity to the breed through their collections of Belgian Malines, Amrocks, and standard pure German New Hampshires. We are excited to make available a new genetic pool that was previously unavailable in the USA. We have found both colors to be wonderful producers of large brown and speckled eggs. Their great temperament makes them a homesteader's dream.
For now, the silver version lends itself better to the heritage meat class with the bonus of lots of eggs. There is much in the works with the crele version and we have imported some of the fuller bodied versions to our farm. While we do our best to remove any birds that you may find less than suitable for your breeding program, in the end it comes down to selecting the characteristics that you desire. Everyone has a different idea what this bird should be for their farm. We hope to give you the best selection of genetics to advance your current flock.
In all likelihood, this Bielefelder Pack that we offer is the most comprehensive Bielefelder package in North America. Other farms have now joined the movement to improve the growth and productivity of the Bielefelder chicken.
Originally from the Bielefeld region of Germany circa 1970’s. A man named Gerd Roth set forward to create the Uber chicken. When he made his selections for crele the majority of silvers were lost. We’ve gone back to the foundation stocks of the classic crele Bielefelder and have been making selections in order to create a diverse gene pool. Through the importation of our Silver Bielefelders we are able to work with a wider range of genetics in order to realize the potential for Bielefelders to be the most successful dual purpose bird on the planet.
We have utilized Amrocks, Malines, as well as a German strain of Earl Labounty’s show stopping New Hampshires. We do find that staying true to the breed genetics is important. As you can see the combination of birds involved in Bielefelder is crucial to their survival and vigor. There were many great birds that came out of the 70’s. We find that it is important to keep them going, without waiting nine months for your first egg. The key with this breed is maintaining the sociability aspect which as you can tell by the demeanor of the bird that Mr. Roth had the highest regard.
We are working with a couple other breeds that have been thought to be in the original creation but those aren’t in these lines. Birds from this breeding pen consists of various stages of progression and may consist of silver, crele, splits, reds, and other stages in between. Kennsperber, Silber-Kennsperber and all other points in between!
The Bielefelder Pack is only available based on over hatch and can be found on an online poultry auction site from time to time.
Spring Creek Heritage Farms, Bellingham, Washington State