- Breed Purpose:
- Dual Purpose
- Climate Tolerance:
- All Climates
- Egg Productivity:
- Egg Size:
- 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:
Vorwerks are a dual-purpose chicken suitable for both meat and egg production. Created beginning 1900, when poultry breeder Oskar Vorwerk began to create a medium-sized, utilitarian chicken breed with the belted plumage pattern of the Lakenvelder breed. The key difference in appearance would be the Vorwerk's dark golden base colour, as apposed to the white of the Lakenvelder. Thus, his chicken is sometimes incorrectly called the "Golden Lakenvelder", especially in the USA. The Golden Lakenvelder, a plumage variety, is a separate breed from the Vorwerk. Breeds used to create the Vorwerk included the Lakenvelder, Buff Orpington, Buff Sussex and Andalusian. By 1913, the Vorwerk was standardised, however, it never really gained widespread use, and is rare or non-existent outside Continental Europe.
In 1966, a U.S. man named Wilmar Vorwerk of Minnesota, developed an interest in the breed, but found it had not been exported to USA. He decided to create 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 APA's Standard of Perfection, the American Bantam Association has recognized the U.S. version of the Vorwerk Bantam.
For more information on this breed and their owners' and breeders' experiences with them, see our breed discussion here: https://www.backyardchickens.com/threads/chicken-breed-focus-vorwerk.1118078/
Chicken Breed Info:
Breed Purpose: Dual Purpose
Climate Tolerance: All Climates
General Egg Info:
Egg Productivity: Medium
Egg Size: Medium
Egg Color: Light Brown
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.
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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Recent User Reviews
"Vorwerk is Fantastic bird"
Pros - Very alert, hens are protective of flock, good forager, eats a lot less than my other hens, most likely supplementing with foraging. Lays regularly, not the broody type, friendly.
Cons - Can be a little nippy, but that’s it’s nature to be a little more independent. Not necessarily a bad trait by any means.
Other than that ... no more bad things to say.
my Vorwerk is a fantastic bird, I would recommend to anyone fairly quiet and very contented, may take on the boss role more readily, in your flock. Very protective of its flock members.
"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!