Welsummer

Average User Rating:
4.16483/5,
  • 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. Irmavet
    5/5,
    "my fav breed"
    Pros - lovely hens, nice eggs colour!
    This was the first breed I hatched. I love the color of the hens and eggs. They are nice and sweet :)
  2. BantammChick
    4/5,
    ""
    Pros - Beautiful rooster.
    Cons - Mean rooster
  3. esavvymom
    3/5,
    "Decent layer"
    Pros - Decent summer layer, unique egg
    Cons - Stops laying eggs mid-fall through early spring.
    When we first got our flock, we had multiple breeds for variety. While they are an attractive bird, and have had great temperament (two hens), I noticed that they are not great layers beyond the summer season. They were typically the first to stop laying eggs when the fall season came around. I'd say I could get eggs consistently maybe 5-6 months out of the year with my Welsummers?

    The only ones that lay year round (without the aid of artificial light in the winter) were my Barred Rock and Rhode Island Reds.

User Comments

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  1. N F C
    I got 2 Wellies from a fellow BYC member in April. One turned out to be an "oops" rooster but so far, he has been great. He's calm, has a pretty quiet crow and is so handsome. The female is the sweetest bird in my flock and the least shy about coming up to greet me (looking for a handout of course, lol). It's too soon to see how she does with egg laying but so far, I've totally enjoyed the 2 Welsummer's I have.
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  2. 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.
      Phaedra Winters likes this.
  3. lifein1840
    Pretty hen, pretty eggs, good all around chicken.
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  4. 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.
  5. Lkcoop66
    This web site is one of the most informative sites I have had the pleasure of reading.
      Sparkle110 likes this.
  6. clownychick
    aww, what a sweetie. RACCOONS SUCK!!
  7. KikisGirls
    She is pretty. I just got 2 baby chicks of this breed, I can't wait for them to grow up!
  8. 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. .
  9. chickensrock12
    i love easter eggers
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