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Welsummer

Average User Rating:
4.17442/5,
  • Breed Purpose:
    Dual Purpose
    Comb:
    Single
    Broodiness:
    Seldom
    Climate Tolerance:
    Cold
    Egg Productivity:
    Medium
    Egg Size:
    Large
    Egg Color:
    Dark Brown
    Breed Temperament:
    Friendly,Easily handled,Calm,Bears confinement well
    Breed Colors/Varieties:
    Red Partridge
    Breed Size:
    Large Fowl
    The Kelloggs Cereal rooster is none other than the Welsummer. The Welsummer is prized for their large dark brown egg, some mottled with brown spots. They originated in Welsum, Holland and are made up from the following breeds; Partridge Cochin, Partridge Wyandotte, Partridge Leghorn and later Barnvelder and Rhode Island Red. They are bred towards good layers of large dark brown eggs along with beauty. They have yellow skin and are a nonsitting breed.
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  • Chicken Breed Info:
    Breed Purpose:
    Dual Purpose
    Comb: Single
    Broodiness: Seldom
    Climate Tolerance: Cold

    General Egg Info:
    Egg Productivity:
    Medium
    Egg Size: Large
    Egg Color: Dark Brown

    Breed Temperament:
    Friendly,Easily handled,Calm,Bears confinement well

    Breed Colors / Varieties:
    Red Partridge
    Breed Details:
    I was awestruck the first time I saw a flock of Welsummers free ranging. The roosters were breathtaking with their bright colors and size, and the hens had an understated beauty. Then someone showed me an egg and I gasped at the wonderful color and size. I was hooked. In my experience they are a gentle, although not overly friendly breed. They take confinement well.
    Hens are very independent and do not tend to go broody. I have heard of roosters being mean but mine have been pretty laid back. Beware dark eggs can be tricky to hatch. Following is some information from the American Poultry Association Standard of Perfection:
    Standard Weights:
    • Cock 7 pounds
    • Cockerel 6 pounds
    • Hen 6 pounds
    • Pullet 5 pounds
    According to the standard colors for males:
    • Comb, face, wattles and earlobes: Bright red. The comb having five regular and distinct points.
    • Beak: Dark horn shading to yellow at point
    • Eyes: Reddish bay
    • Head: Rich golden brown
    • Neck: Hackle - rich golden brown as uniform as possible, free from black striping, some striping allowed in under feathers; Front of neck: same as breast
    • Back: Bright reddish brown; Saddle - Rich golden brown as uniform as possible, free from black striping, some striping allowed in under feathers.
    • Tail: Main tail - lustrous, greenish black; Sickles - lustrous, greenish black; Upper coverts - black; Lower coverts - black edged with brown.
    • Wings: Shoulder front and bows - bright reddish brown; Coverts - lustrous, greenish black forming a wing bar when the wing is folded. A little brown peppering is permissible; Primaries - upper web black; lower web brown; Secondaries - upper web black with brown peppering, lower web brown.
    • Breast: Black with red mottling
    • Body and Fluff: Black and red mottling
    • Legs and Toes: Thighs - black with red mottling; Shanks and toes - yellow.
    • Undercolor of all sections: Slate
    According to the standard colors for females are same as males except:
    • Head: Golden brown
    • Neck: Hackle - golden brown or copper, lower feathers with black striping and a golden shaft; Front of neck: same as breast
    • Back: Reddish brown, each feather stippled with black and having a distinct lighter shaft.
    • Tail: Main trail - black; Coverts - black edged with brown.
    • Wings: Bows - same as back; Coverts - chestnut brown; Primaries - upper web black, slightly peppered with brown; lower web brown; Secondaries - upper web black slightly peppered with brown; lower web brown coarsely stippled with black.
    • Breast: Rich, chestnut red going well down.
    • Body and Fluff: Brown with gray shading
    • Legs and Toes: Thighs - same as breast; Shanks and toes - yellow.
    Disqualifications:
    • White earlobes

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Recent User Reviews

  1. TheBantyCoop
    4/5,
    "Great All-Around Bird"
    Pros - Nice-looking, Great Egg Layers, Pretty Eggs, Good Free-Rangers, Handleable
    Cons - MINE IS VERY LOUD, Not Easy to Catch
    My experience with Welsummers have been great!

    PROS:

    She is very pretty. I love her golden nape (back of neck) feathers.

    Her eggs are amazing! I love their dark color! She is a consistent and reliable layer.

    She is very predator-aware and free-ranges well. She always stays with the group, but is less inclined to stray from cover.

    She is hard to catch, but is extremely docile once in my arms. She never tries to flap away, like my other girls do when restrained.


    CONS:
    Mine screams! She is stupendously loud EVERY morning. [​IMG]

    She is really difficult to catch, which can be a pro with predators.


    Consensus: I would recommend her for any free-ranging flock [​IMG]
    Overall:
    4.5
    Egg-citable likes this.
  2. Lizardlicks
    5/5,
    "A great backyard egg layer!"
    Pros - Independent, Smart, Good Forager,
    Cons - None
    My Welsummer has been top hen from day one, even keeping our young cockerel in line when I first introduced him. She lays well, though not as often as my EE's. I still get 3-4 eggs a week from her, all lovely brown. What she lacks in laying power she makes up for in smarts. If something is wrong she will come over to the porch and cluck under the dining room window until I'm summoned. We once had a couple pullets go missing, and try as we might we could not find them. She led me over to where their bodies were in a neighbor's yard behind a big maple tree by camping there, and clucking angrily until I came looking for her. She didn't budge from the spot for anything, even treats, until I walked over to have a look at why she was so upset. Welsummers in general tend to be stand-offish, but my Rosie is the boldest girl in my mixed flock, and while she doesn't seek out petting or attention most of the time, she's okay with being picked up. She will also ask to be picked up and carried if its very snowy or wet between where she is and where she wants to go (but doesn't stick around once I get her across). If you want a decent layer with pretty eggs and a big personality, the Welsummer is definitely the bird for your flock!
    Overall:
    5
    Jess-A-Chick-A and Egg-citable like this.
  3. jolenejellybean
    3/5,
    "MM Hatchery Welsummer"
    Pros - Nice terra cotta egg, well behaved
    Cons - Not overly friendly, average layer
    When searching for dark egg layers, I've heard many people are disappointed with hatchery chicks. I have to admit tgat I was concerned waiting for my first Welsummer egg. These eggs are certainly not chocolate or particularly dark, but they are darker than my other brown egg layers with tiny speckles. I have been happy with the four or five, terra cotta eggs a week. This hen is not friendly, but she's not aggressive or mean either. She's a nice bird all around.

    The reason I only have one is that Murray McMurray only offers them straight run. I got four cockerels and three hens. Two hens and one cockerel all died as chicks from an impacted crop. I find that suspect. I normally make out well with MM. Maybe a bad batch? It would have been better if I didn't have to go straight run. Oh well. I'll probably order more anyway.
    Overall:
    3.5

User Comments

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  1. Egg-citable
    I have 3 in my flock of 5. They are Frick. Frack,. and Tiny Tina. They are absolutely the funniest things in the world! This morning one got a small worm and was running around the run with the others chasing after. They are very friendly and good layers. I would recommend this breed for anyone. They are also screamers.
  2. lifein1840
    Pretty hen, pretty eggs, good all around chicken.
  3. N F C
    Thanks for the review Banty! I got one of these girls as a chick about 4 weeks old and hope to enjoy her as much as you do yours.
  4. Lkcoop66
    This web site is one of the most informative sites I have had the pleasure of reading.
      Sparkle110 likes this.
  5. clownychick
    aww, what a sweetie. RACCOONS SUCK!!
  6. KikisGirls
    She is pretty. I just got 2 baby chicks of this breed, I can't wait for them to grow up!
  7. jas humbert
    I have two wellies. Middle of the flock, not bullies, dont get picked on much either. Friendly- will let me pet them and will tolerate being picked up but not super cuddly. Lay large very dark brown eggs- not quite maran brown - but significantly darker than typical. Good all around bird- fairly calm- don't pick on my silkies. .
  8. chickensrock12
    i love easter eggers
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  10. microchick
    I agree with you Nardo, 100%. I love our Wellies. They are not 'cuddlers' but they are friendly and will readily accept treats by hand from me. The roosters are spectacularly beautiful. Every flock should have one of these majestic, brilliantly colored roos in it.

    While not as prolific layers as some the eggs our girls lay are HUGE compared to the Buff O's with big yolks. I have Welsummer Buff Orpington cross chicks right now and am anxious to see what kind of eggs they lay.

    If you add Wellies to your flock, you will not be sorry.

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