Bantam Bielefelder

Greenfire Farms is thrilled to announce that by releasing a small chicken breed we are filling a giant void on the American poultry map.  Autosexing is an extraordinary genetic trait in a chicken breed that provides clear visual cues to determine a chick’s gender on the day it is hatched.  While this trait is now commonly seen in American large fowl flocks (thanks in large part to our importation of breeds like the Cream Legbar and 55 Flowery Hen), there has never been an autosexing bantam breed available to the American poultry hobbyist; until now, that is.

We are pleased to announce that we have successfully imported bantam Bielefelders, which is now the only autosexing bantam breed on American soil.  Their famous counterpart, the large fowl Bielefelder, was originally introduced to America by Greenfire Farms more than seven years ago.  The Bielefelder, often called the Uber Chicken for its extraordinary size and egg-laying prowess, took America by storm and can now be found in several hatcheries around the country.  But, large fowl Bielefelders require spacious pens and room to roam, and there was never a bantam alternative for hobbyists with smaller pens or who are simply attracted to smaller chicken breeds.  

Today, all that changes.  Greenfire Farms has a small laying flock of bantam Bielefelders, and these beautiful miniatures are as captivating as their larger counterparts.  These bantams produce auto-sexed chicks, a first for a bantam breed in America, and the males can be identified with lighter-colored fluff and a dot on their head while the females have much darker fluff and dark brown chipmunk stripes.  

 

Compare the size of the bantams to their large fowl counterparts. Below you see a large fowl rooster weighing in at 8.95lbs (or 4.06kg) next to his bantam brethren weighing in at just 3.85lbs (or 1.75kg).  Below you can also see a large fowl hen who weighs 7.30 lbs (3.31kg) standing next to a bantam hen that weighs just 2.75 lbs (1.25kg). This exceptional size differential provides a completely different experience in raising this remarkable breed, and every poultry hobbyist can enjoy the ease with which the bantams can be housed and managed.

 

We will begin shipping bantam Bielefelder day-old chicks in March of 2023! Our flock is small so order quantities will be limited and pre-orders will be capped at a maximum of 6 males and 6 females per order. If you are interested in placing a pre-order for 2023, you can do so by visiting the bantam Bielefelder breed page, visiting the Available Now page, or you can contact us through phone or email and we can assist you.