Vorwerk

Average User Rating:
4.55556/5,
  • 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
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    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.

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    Vorwerk eggs

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    Vorwerk chicks

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    Vorwerk hen

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    Vorwerk rooster

    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/
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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. Shiver
    5/5,
    "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.
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  2. 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
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  3. 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
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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
    1. vllang
      Greenfire Farms is selling Vorwerk full size hatching eggs on ebay right now. 4/11/18 they are not cheap though
      vllang, Apr 11, 2018
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  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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