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Bielefelders

The German Bielefelder (pronounced BEEL-felder) is a remarkable breed.  Not only are they striking to look at, and impressively large, they are prolific producers of jumbo-sized brown eggs.  The chicks grow fast and are very hardy.  They are friendly and calm birds, which makes them very easy to work with, even for first-time chicken keepers. 

These birds originated in the 1970's, in the Westphalia region of Germany, and are named for the town of Bielefeld.  Often called the "Uber" chicken, they were designed through selective breeding to be an all-purpose bird which excels in growth, feed efficiency, early maturity, and egg production.  This makes them truly an asset on the farm.  They are an auto-sexing breed, which means the males and females can be identified at hatch.  Unlike sex-linked crosses, this breed continues to maintain that trait through generations.  The first imports were brought to this country by Green Fire Farms, and we maintain stock directly from their lines. 

 

Crested Cream Legbar

The Crested Cream Legbar is a blue egg laying, auto-sexing breed.  They originate in Britain, where they were created (accidentally) when crossing Gold Legbar hens with a White Leghorn. This resulted in the cream colored bird we now know.

The breed was standardized in 1958, but the numbers dwindled along with the popularity of the blue egg.  The breed was rescued from obscurity and are now becoming popular for their many fine qualities.

This a slender, elegant breed.  They have a small feather crest behind their comb.  They are excellent layers, averaging 180-200 eggs per year of medium to large sized, sky blue to blue-green eggs.

 

The Spitzhaubens we hatch are raised by our good friend, Jeremy.

The Spitzhaubens we hatch are raised by our good friend, Jeremy.

Spitzhaubens

The Appenzeller Spitzhauben originates from Sweden.  These beautiful,  unique birds are noted for their forward pointing Mohawk and Dalmation spots.  They are truly a gem in any flock for their sticking appearance.

These birds are light but lay a full sized egg and are highly productive.  These are very self-sufficient birds, being very successful free rangers.  They fly well and keep themselves out of danger.  They are active and fun to watch.  

We hatch chicks from a flock of Silver Spangled Spitzhauben, maintained by our good friend Jeremy in nearby Pilot, VA.  The parent stock is from Green Fire Farms.  

 

A blue Isbar hen.  The Isbars in this line are Black, Blue and Splash.

A blue Isbar hen.  The Isbars in this line are Black, Blue and Splash.

Blue Isbar

Isbars (pronounced ICE-bar), hail from Sweden.  They are a small bird, though not a bantam breed, and lay large green eggs.  The egg size is more impressive given their size.  They are excellent fliers, making them a good option for free ranging.  They are smart and train easily, though they tend to be wary of strangers.

The chicks will be a mix of black, blue, and splash.  This line of Isbars comes from Green Fire Farms.