Pros: Lots of very dark eggs from beautiful, calm hens

Cons: Not yet readily available

I had heard of Welbars and read about the ones in the UK, but they were not available in the US, so I decided to re-create the breed here. It turns out that this is easy to do, there are known "recipes" for the crosses that are needed. It took over 2 years of intensive crossing and selection to get there, but I'm extremely pleased with how they turned out. I am surprised at how dark the eggs are compared to pure Welsummers, I expected the initial cross to a barred rock would more or less permanently lighten the eggs, but I can't find any discernable difference in coloring or size. I have a pullet that lays lighter colored eggs than the others, but then I have 1 or 2 Welsummer pullets that do that also.


These are now one of my favorite breeds, I expect to have them for a long time.


Welbar related web pages:

Welbars - Breed thread and discussion 

http://www.harislau.info/welbars - Best site for info about history and genetics behind Welbars

http://welbars.com - My site with pictures

https://www.facebook.com/greenfirefarms/posts/719438931492991:0 - Facebook post about Greenfire importing Welbars for 2017 availability

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Welbars are Welsummers with the addition of sex-linked barring. This makes them autosexing like Legbars and Rhodebars. They were originally created in 1942 in the UK and still exist there in small numbers. The only populations in the US were created using the classic autosexing recipe by RC Punnett. Like Legbars and Rhodebars, they are a utility breed, and good layers of dark brown eggs (from their Welsummer heritage). Hens strongly resemble Bielefelders, but lay darker eggs. Both sexes are somewhat heavier than Welsummers. Chicks are strongly autosexing, females look like Welsummer chicks, males are much lighter with very faded or no stripes and a white headspot.

Breed PurposeEgg Layer
Egg ProductivityHigh
Egg SizeLarge
Egg ColorVery dark brown
Breed TemperamentCalm
Breed SizeLarge Fowl
Breed Colors/Varieties
Climate Tolerance
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC