- Breed Purpose:
- Egg Layer
- Egg Productivity:
- Egg Size:
- Egg Color:
- Very dark brown
- Breed Temperament:
- Breed Size:
- Large Fowl
Welbars were created by Mr Humphreys of Eastwrey, Devon who thought of the idea in 1940. He contacted Professor Punnet (Breeder of the cream legbar) for advice. Following the legbar process, chicks from the initial welsummer x barred rock were hatched in 1941. Cockerels from this mating were then bred with welsummer hens to produce gold and silver welbars simultaneously. The breed was recognised by the Poultry Club of Great Britain in 1948 and still exist in the UK in small numbers. The only populations in the US were created using the classic autosexing recipe by RC Punnett.
Like Legbars and Rhodebars, they are a utility breed, and good layers of dark brown eggs (from their Welsummer heritage). Hens strongly resemble Bielefelders, but lay darker eggs. Both sexes are somewhat heavier than Welsummers.
Chicks are strongly autosexing, females look like Welsummer chicks, males are much lighter with very faded or no stripes and a white headspot.
Welbar rooster and hens
Recent User Reviews
Pros - Calm, beautiful dark brown eggs, auto-sexing, pretty makrings
Cons - Low on the pecking order, doesn’t like being handled
We got a Welbar for the auto sexing and brown eggs. She is the lowest of our pecking order, but is an opportunist. She will steal a treat even from our lead hen, and deal with the consequences. I love her beauty and her chocolate colored eggs. She doesn’t like being handled, and is a bit fearful, but we stil love her.BielefelderHen likes this.
"Exciting new autosexing breed"
Pros - Lots of very dark eggs from beautiful, calm hens
Cons - Not yet readily available
I had heard of Welbars and read about the ones in the UK, but they were not available in the US, so I decided to re-create the breed here. It turns out that this is easy to do, there are known "recipes" for the crosses that are needed. It took over 2 years of intensive crossing and selection to get there, but I'm extremely pleased with how they turned out. I am surprised at how dark the eggs are compared to pure Welsummers, I expected the initial cross to a barred rock would more or less permanently lighten the eggs, but I can't find any discernable difference in coloring or size. I have a pullet that lays lighter colored eggs than the others, but then I have 1 or 2 Welsummer pullets that do that also.
These are now one of my favorite breeds, I expect to have them for a long time.
Welbar related web pages:
http://www.harislau.info/welbars - Best site for info about history and genetics behind Welbars
http://welbars.com - My site with pictures
https://www.facebook.com/greenfirefarms/posts/719438931492991:0 - Facebook post about Greenfire importing Welbars for 2017 availability