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Happy Chooks Welsummers

By Happy Chooks · Mar 13, 2012 · Updated Jun 24, 2013 · ·
  1. Happy Chooks
    I live in Northern California and breed welsummers, so I thought I would make a page dedicated to them.

    Welsummers are gentle, curious, and friendly chickens - but they are not lap chickens. My rooster, Moose, is a fantastic protector, great with babies, and easy on the hens backs. He doesn't allow the older hens to fight with new pullets in the flock. My hens are very curious and friendly - they often get under my feet. They lay nicely colored, terra cotta eggs. As with Marans, welsummer egg color can vary in shade and does tend to fade as the hen is reaching the end of her laying cycle. Terra cotta is the desired color, with or without speckles.

    My rooster, Moose, at 6 months old:

    And more current pictures of him:

    And some of my hen's/pullets and some offspring:

    Here is the newest pullet added to my flock from another breeder. She has some wonderful qualities I'm hoping to add to my flock.

    And the eggs. Believe it or not, terra cotta eggs are hard to photograph:


    In full sun - welsummers left (from 1 hen laying at the time), barnevelder eggs right:

    Update: Here are some birds I am keeping from this years breeding (2013)

    I wanted a son from Moose, as he is almost 4 years old. Here is his son:

    And some of the 5 month old pullets:



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  1. OohLaLa
    Your Birds are are so pretty and the rooster is very majestic. In Georgia here hoping for some sun shine so I can finish building my first coop. Are you using the VSB automatic opener from Foys and how does it rate on your "Yah I would get it again" meter?
  2. Sally Sunshine
    I love them!!!
  3. BantamFan4Life
    Good luck on continuing to breed!
  4. bruceh
    very nice looking birds
  5. AyaBlodgett
    My brother just wants a laying hen or two. But he isn't looking for anything special. Not to worry. I told him those kind of hens he could get at the feed store. Good luck with your breeding program. Predators are a nuisance! Aya
  6. Happy Chooks
    I'm not in need of any roosters at the moment. I'm currently building up my barnevelder flock again due to a predator issue, so I don't have any hens available at the moment. Is your brother just looking for laying hens or for breeding?
  7. AyaBlodgett
    Wel l, I have some roosters if you want one. :) Your Welsummers look so much like a Barnvelder! I was surprised. I live in San Luis Obispo County but my brother lives in Loomis and he is looking for Barnvelders also. Do you have any hens you would like to sell?
  8. egmcvey
    Moose is handsome! Hope you get lots of peeps from him and a pretty little hen. :>)
  9. Happy Chooks
    Thank you for the compliments on my birds.
  10. sunny & the 5 egg layers
    Your birds are beautiful! Especially Moose!
  11. chickened
    Nice wellies. I have a little project going with welsummers and penedesencas. I am darkening the welsummer eggs with pennies. They look similar and should not be too hard to breed out the unwanted traits.
  12. Happy Chooks
    Yes, the welsummer eggs are the 2 in the center.
  13. Tikkijane
    I assume the first egg collection includes eggs from other breeds? :)

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