Recognised by Entente Européenne - 1980
Non-standardised in UK
Gerd Roth, Bielefeld, Germany
Cuckoo Maline, Amrock,
New Hampshire Red, & Wyandotte
Soft Feather Heavy Breed
Cock 8 to 9lb - 4kg
Hen 7 to 8lbs - 3.5kg
Cock - 22mm
Hen - 20mm
160 - 230
During the 1970's Gerd Roth, a breeder in Germany, set out to create variety which was large, placid and cold-resistant, was a reliable layer, produced a good table bird and was autosexing – no mean wish list!! Though this is a mighty wish list the breed was created ain the late 1970's and was recognised as in 1980; the original name for the breed was intended to reflect that it was a German breed, however this was not deemed acceptable and it was named Bielefelder Kennhühne, reflecting that it was a breed from the Bielefeld region of East Westfalia.
The Bielefelder is similar in appearance to the Welbar, and like the Welbar can be bred in two colours, firstly the Gold or cuckoo red partridge colouring also known as Crele which is slightly richer in colour than the Welbar with the hens having an orange breast whilst the Welbars are more salmon; and secondly in Silver. It is also considerably larger in size and heavier in build than the Welbar; cocks weighing in at around 4kg and hens at over 3kg. The body shape is rectangular or brick shaped. Egg laying is a respectable 160 to 200.
The breeds used in the development of this relatively new breed includes the Cuckoo Maline, Amrock, New Hampshire Red, and the Wyandotte – giving an all-round balance of utility breeds known for egg laying and meat birds. The Bielefelder is reliably autosexing, at day old the cockerels are light in colour with a white head spot, whereas in contrast the pullets are light brown with a dark brown dorsal stripe and a much smaller head spot.
Unfortunately I found that the breed did not live up to my expectations .... they were not as large or dual purpose as I anticipated; productivity was low, and eggs disappointing. This may be a reflection of the foundation stock I obtained rather than the breed as a whole. For various reasons I wanted to reduce to just one breed and so discontinued with them.
The Bielefelder Kennhühne was only introduced into Great Britain in the last 10 years and has not been standardised by the Poultry Club of Great Britain; the following has been translated from the German standard approved by the Entente Européene:
© John S Harrison