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Vorwerk

Average User Rating:
4.33333/5,
  • Breed Purpose:
    Dual Purpose
    Comb:
    Single
    Broodiness:
    Seldom
    Climate Tolerance:
    All Climates
    Egg Productivity:
    Medium
    Egg Size:
    Medium
    Egg Color:
    Light Brown
    Breed Temperament:
    Flighty,Easily handled,Bears confinement well
    Breed Colors/Varieties:
    Black buff black sometimes called Golden Lakenvelder in the US.
    blue buff blue were created in Holland but now probably extinct.
    white buff white were created in Holland but will soon be extinct.
    Breed Size:
    Bantam
    Vorwerk is a different breed but very similar to the Lakenvelder; bulkier type, less tail, comb heel follows neckline. There should be no black speckling on the buff feathers, but this is a hard standard to reach, as birds with the correct grey underfluff tend toward spotting. Vorwerks have a single comb that has up to six serrations; orange-red eyes; medium-sized wattles; white earlobes, and slate grey skin. One of the Vorwerk’s claims to fame is the fact that it is the only breed of chicken that shares its name with a household appliance, a vacuum cleaner.
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  • Chicken Breed Info:
    Breed Purpose:
    Dual Purpose
    Comb: Single
    Broodiness: Seldom
    Climate Tolerance: All Climates

    General Egg Info:
    Egg Productivity:
    Medium
    Egg Size: Medium
    Egg Color: Light Brown

    Breed Temperament:
    Flighty,Easily handled,Bears confinement well

    Breed Colors / Varieties:
    Black buff black sometimes called Golden Lakenvelder in the US. blue buff blue were created in Holland but now probably extinct. white buff white were created in Holland but will soon be extinct.
    Breed Details:
    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 “rare breed” 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.
    Contributor to this breed page henk69 and mrandmrschicken. Thanks.

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Recent User Reviews

  1. bygalos
    4/5,
    "New to the breed, so far very positive"
    I just hatched two of these little beauties a few days ago. Out of 7 eggs 4 viable, one fully developed and one underdeveloped. I will definitely add more to my flock
    Overall:
    4.5
  2. TamingMaster
    5/5,
    "This Breed is Wonderful!"
    Pros - Friendly, Adventurous, Beautiful, Intelligent, A Good Layer, Loves Being Around People.
    Cons - NONE.
    I have a wonderful Vorwerk Hen.
    She is one of the sweetest Chickens I've ever kept and she absolutely loves being around us!
    Overall:
    5
  3. silkieluv23
    4/5,
    "Beautiful bird"
    Pros - Beautiful, colourful, happy, great layers, look after themselves.
    Cons - Seem more wild than the other birds, not very tame, loud cockerel
    Love the way these birds act and look!
    Overall:
    4.5

User Comments

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  1. ebnetbmd
    Hello bygalos,
    Do you still have your Vorwerks? Are they standard size? Am looking to get some hatching eggs or a breeding trio. Thanks Lisa Ebnet
  2. simonerol
    anybody selling eggs of large fowl vorwerk? thanks
  3. hellbender
    Certainly not expensive.
  4. suncatcher
    Does anyone know someone who is raising the standard size Vorwerks?
  5. okieprime
    In what state is Blehm Hatchery in and do they have an email address?
    Larry
  6. okieprime
    I notice you posted this in January of this year. It is now Sept. Are you getting any eggs yet? Do you know the name of a hatchery near by that sells Vorwerk chick? I might be want to buy some. Thanks, Larry
  7. ellend
    Inquisitive.
  8. 3riverschick
    what's "encoisative"? I can't look it up if it is spelled wrong. Thanks, Karen
  9. mrandmrschicken
    Vorwerks are beautiful curious and economic birds to own. They show very well too! They are good layers and require little feed but stay active. They can be flighty but manageable if properly handled. Our first female was a constant companion of mine. She would tolerate being held but was more curious all the time as to what treat might be in store for her! In addition, the chicks look like little bumble bees! The second female we had, laid a nest of 13 eggs under a corner of our neighbors house! Sadly, she was too inexperienced to manage all those eggs and broke most of them getting in and out of the box. None hatched under her but she provided us with many eggs to incubate! I have a very nice pair at this time and am anxious to hatch some eggs again.

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