Westfalische Totleger "Deathlayer"
Country of Origin: Germany
Primary Use: Eggs
Bird Size: 4-5lbs
Egg Production: 200-250 eggs per year
Egg Size: Medium
Egg Color: White to off white
Comb Type: tight cushion comb (Rose)
Hardiness: Very cold hardy
Personality: active free-rangers
The Westfalische Totleger is a German breed of chicken. It is more than 400 years old, and is a very rare breed and new to the US. It is an old landrace breed from Westphalia and is closely related to the Ostfriesische Mowe and Braekel. Perhaps the chicken with the coolest name, like having royalty in your coop and one of the most beautiful chickens on the planet. A translation of its German name Totleger, means "death layer". Our hens are very prolific layers and have not shown to go broody. Deathlayers come in two varieties Silver and Gold Pencilled, Benoit Farms currently has the Silver variety. Our chicks have proven to be very vigorous and strong!
Chicks & Juveniles will be listed on our Facebook Page as they become available.
Straight Run Chicks are $35 each
For shipping we charge a flat $60 shipping (choose chick shipping option at checkout) and chicks will ship between 2-5 weeks old.
Hatching Eggs: Shipping for hatching eggs is a flat $20 for up to 2 dozen eggs, shipped via USPS Priority 1-3 days. We ship hatching eggs most days of the week as we want our eggs to leave as soon as possible to get to you fresh! It is not uncommon for eggs to be shipped the same day they are collected. We package our eggs securely to prevent breakage or scrambling. Our birds are healthy and produce nice strong eggs that ship extremely well. We test fertility here at our farm via incubation, but because of conditions beyond our control (Including USPS handling, fluctuation of temperatures, your incubation practices, etc…) we cannot guarantee development or hatch rates after the eggs have left our farm. A fertilized egg can not show development for various reasons including those listed above, and once the egg has been incubated you cannot tell by cracking it that it was an unfertilized egg. We do not ship eggs from our pens without confirming fertility here at the farm. Please only purchase hatching eggs from us if you understand our hatching eggs policy! We always recommend purchasing live chicks from us if you want a guaranteed number of live chicks.
Chicks: There is a 6 chick minimum for shipping (no minimum for local pick up), shipping is $50 for 6-20 day olds shipped via USPS Priority Express, 1-2 days. All chicks are sold straight run unless otherwise notes. We ship live chicks on Tuesdays only, and please be prepared to pick up chicks promptly from the post office when they arrive. We guarantee live arrival of your chicks (not including extras sent). We do not guarantee chick that are left at the post office waiting for pick up more than 3 hours. If any chicks arrive deceased promptly send us pictures of the chicks and the box/label to our email (email@example.com) with your order number in the subject line. You will receive credit to be used on a future purchase of the value/purchase price of the deceased chicks, not including extras. No refunds/credit will be given for the shipping charge.
Cancellations: If you choose to cancel your order we will issue you a credit to be used on a future purchase. We DO NOT do money back refunds. If you need to cancel your order, please email us the reason for your cancellation and your order number. In the event that Benoit Farms cannot fill an order, we reserve the right to cancel an order, and a full refund will then be issued.
Ship Dates: We fill all orders on a first come first serve basis, in the order of received payment. Typically orders for day old chicks can take 2-8 weeks, sometimes longer depending on the number of pending orders or of times during lower egg volume and 1-5 weeks on hatching eggs. We try to be as flexible as possible if you have special requests, we can bump orders back if you want chicks or eggs after a certain date but cannot bump orders ahead of others already in order. Chicks will hatch and ship every other week throughout the year (excluding December-February).
NPIP: We participate in the National Poultry Improvement Plan. Our flocks are tested bi-annually by the state vet. Our NPIP number is 91-212WA. 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 after your order ships.