Gary and LaShall Bates
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Welsummer Chickens

We decided to raise Welsummers based on a desire to have a mellow dual purpose dark brown egg layer.

Welsummer

This Dutch breed, called the Welsumer in its native land, takes its name from the small village of Welsum in The Netherlands. Developed just after the turn of the twentieth century, it was first shown in 1921. Its main characteristic is the large dark brown egg, described in an article in Fancy Fowl as "a rich deep flower-pot red brown, almost glowing . . ." Although considered a light, soft feathered, nonsitting breed, the hens frequently do go broody. Welsummers are good foragers on free range. They were developed there from breeds such as Partridge Wyandotte, Partridge Cochin, Partridge Leghorn, and then later, Barnevelder and RIR. They are highly sought after as a production bird, laying a good amount of beautiful dark red/brown eggs.


Another good quality about Welsummers would be that they can be fairly accurately sexed by the coloring of the stripe on their heads. Darker stripes are females.

Left: Female chick

Right: Male chick

 

 

 

Reference
The Feather Site. 2006. www.feathersite.com

 
Welsummers
  • LATIN NAME: Gallus domesticus
  • ORIGIN : Holland
  • BREEDING : Partridge Wyandotte, Partridge Cochin, Partridge Leghorn, and then later, Barnevelder and RIR
  • EGGS: dark brown~ up to 300 a year
  • SIZE : Light-Heavy; Roosters- 6 lbs; Hens - 5lbs
  • STATUS: Rare in US
  • TEMPERAMENT : docile, inquisitive, happy birds, will go broody, excellent mothers

 

Examples of our eggs.
The dark ones are from the Welsummers. The white from a Leghorn and the small cream egg from our Bantams.

 

 
 

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