In the 90’s Volkswagen introduced us to Fahrvergnügen. They said this was the embodiment of the volkswagen experience, “driving enjoyment.” While the German automaker has struggled recently, we’re here to help. After raising the Bielefelder for many years, we’re ready to introduce a new German word, “huhnvergnügen:” or “chicken enjoyment.”
The Uber Chicken
Created in the “economic and cultural heart” of eastern Westphalia (the place, not the van), Germany’s own Gerd Roth set out to produce the ultimate chicken. Bielefeld was called the “city of linen,” and was renown for its artisanal work in creating banknotes from velvet, silk and linen. Consequently, this same commitment to beauty and usefulness was evident in the creation of the Bielefelder Kennhünh. Mr. Roth’s labor of love resulted in a chicken that some would say is unparalleled in the dual-purpose world.
The Right Ingredients
First of all, Mr. Roth started with a foundation of the best dual-purpose stock available, American heritage breeds. Therefore, the Bielefelder is a combination of birds including the New Hampshire, Wyandotte, and Barred Rock. Additionally, Roth added a dash of Belgian bulk, the Malines. These breeds helped to instill the Bielefelder with top-shelf meat capabilities, a large frame, prolific egg laying, and offspring that could be sexed at birth (auto-sexing). As a result, the Bielefelder is truly a premier dual-purpose bird, combining the best of American production into a single German chicken.
Hence, this breed of chicken is truly outstanding. Their cuckoo red partridge coloring is a visual delight, and so is their docile nature. Moreover, the impressive roosters are inquisitive and confident, without any sign of aggression toward humans. The hens are laborious in their pursuit of greens and grubs, not to mention their reported egg-laying prowess reaching as high as 230 eggs a year. In the end, we believe they can only be described as the ultimate huhnvergnügen.
Importantly, this breed is being refined and reared at our sister farm, Valley Fog Farms, under the watchful eye of my brother Seth. He is truly a man of the earth, working with poultry for years and growing some of the best veggies and fruit we’ve ever tasted. They available for purchase via our Store.