If you could choose only one breed of chicken to keep and you were interested in both meat and eggs, the Bielefelder would be the breed to go with. With a large frame, huge eggs, and auto-sexing breed you just can't go wrong. Their very gentle temperaments makes them a joy to be around.
They are prolific layers of large brown eggs. Shades of Light brown, dark chocolate brown, and some even having speckles. They also start laying at a young age. Even though the hens are very large, they are gentle and you can remove the eggs from under them without being pecked. Day old chicks can easily be determined male or female by the feather pattern. This breed is still very new to the U.S. and not seen much outside of Germany.
There is a 6 chick minimum. You are welcome to mix and match breeds to reach the 6 chick minimum. Chicks are shipped at 4-6 weeks of age to ensure their safe arrival in the event of a delay in delivery by USPS. Chicks are fed a non-GMO, non-medicated chick starter until time of shipment. All chicks come with an arrive alive guarantee!
All chicks are shipped USPS Express Priority Mail 1 or 2 day depending on your location. Chick shipping rates are as follows:
6-12 chicks $55
13-20 chicks $65
If an item is out of stock feel free to contact us so that we can let you know when it is available again.
Please specify a range of acceptable dates in the notes section before submitting your payment. After receiving your order, we will contact you by email with a scheduled ship date. We fill orders on a first come, first served basis, so it is important to place your paid order as soon as possible to get the best chance at earlier ship dates. Typically, an order can take anywhere from 1-5 weeks to ship during the warmer months. Please let us know if you are willing to accept any substitutions to have a quicker ship date. Please note that during the winter months chick orders will only ship once the weather is warm enough to safely ship them. Our number one concern is that our chicks make it to you safely so please be mindful of this when placing your order.
We do not accept returns on hatching eggs or chicks.
Hatching Eggs: We can not guarantee hatch rates due to many variables beyond our control during shipping. Rough handling, x-ray machines, fluctuating temperatures, and your experience with the actual incubation process all affect your hatch rate. By ordering hatching eggs from us, you accept this responsibility. We always try to include extra eggs to cover any that the shipper may crack while in transit. Please take a picture of any cracked eggs along with the package that the eggs came in showing any and all damage and email them to us as soon as possible. We will issue a refund on any damaged eggs that exceed the amount of extra eggs we sent you.
Chicks: We guarantee that our chicks will arrive alive. If any chicks arrive deceased then please email pictures to us with in 4 hours of arrival. We will either replace or refund, at our discretion, any deceased chicks that exceed the value of free chicks you were sent. No refund will be given for shipping.
Vaccinations: Unless you specifically request otherwise your birds will be vaccinated for Marek’s disease. Please note that the Marek’s vaccine is not 100% effective, and even vaccinated birds may later contract Marek’s if the disease is present on your property. Marek’s is very common and often present in backyard flocks yet remains undetected because the flock is resistant to the disease. If you'd prefer that your chicks not be vaccinated then when checking out please include a note stating to not vaccinate.
No cancellations within 7 days of the scheduled shipping date for hatching eggs. Cancellations for chick orders must be made at least 21 days before your order is scheduled to ship. If you decide to cancel your order, please email us with your order number and the reason for cancellation. Sometimes it is necessary for Orchard Hill Poultry to cancel an order, and we reserve the right to do so. If we cancel your order, you will be issued a full refund.
The National Poultry Improvement Plan tests all of our birds semi-annually. Our NPIP certification number is GA 57-1426. If you would like to receive the USDA NPIP 9-3 form for your eggs, please indicate so on your order. The form will be emailed to you once your order ships.