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. Details: Detail Value 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 Pic by @DallasCriftins Pic by @Henk69 Pic by @Henk69 Pic by @Henk69 Pic by @Henk69 BYC Breed Reviews: https://www.backyardchickens.com/products/vorwerk BYC Breed Discussions: https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/786298/the-vorwerk-thread/0_30 https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/281316/my-vorwerk-s-from-germany/0_30 Do you own Vorwerks? Are you a Vorwerk breeder? If so, please reply to this thread with the your thoughts and experiences, including: · What made you decide to get this breed? · Do you own them for fun? Breeding? Some other purpose? · What are your favorite characteristics about this breed? · Post some pics of your birds; male/female, chicks, eggs, etc!