The standard size was originated by Oskar Vorwerk in Germany from a region poluted by industry. Normal lakenvelders became dirty and that is why the breeder made them buff. In 1966, a U.S. man named Wilmar Vorwerk of New Ulm, MN developed an interest in the breed, but it had not been exported to North America so he created a bantam version from scratch using Lakenvelders, Buff and Blue Wyandottes, Black-tailed Buff and Buff Columbian Rosecombs. European fanciers have also independently miniaturized a bantam Vorwerk. Though the large fowl Vorwerk has never been accepted in the American Poultry Association's Standard of Perfection, the American Bantam Association has recognized the U.S. version of the Vorwerk Bantam. This breed is so rare there is no specific breed club, although in Britain the Rare Poultry Society does include the Vorwerk under its protective Ârare breedÂ umbrella.
Standard size males weigh 2.5-3.2 kilos (5.5-7.5 pounds), and females weigh 2-2.5 kilos (4.5-5.5 pounds). Bantam males are 765 grams (27 ounces), and females are 650 grams (23 ounces). Vorwerk hens are good layers of cream or tinted eggs. The Vorwerk was created as a hardy dual porpose fowl and is an economical eater.
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