Chicken Breed Focus - Welsummer


Rest in Peace 1980-2020
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8 Years
Jun 28, 2011
The Welsummer breed originated in the town of Welsum, Holland. In the early 1900’s a farmer’s son in the area began concentrating on improving the local birds and he soon developed an exceptional line. His birds were shown at the World's First Poultry Congress in 1921. In the next few years fanciers wrote a breed standard for the Welsummer and in 1927 a Dutch association of Welsummer breeders was formed. The Welsummer became widely known when their eggs were exported to other European countries for the commercial egg trade. There the dark brown eggs were a huge hit with the public. Welsummer hens are justly famous for their very dark terracotta brown eggs, which are often speckled or spotted.

The hens have a nice disposition and do good in mixed flocks. They are also very good layers, with some hens laying up 250 or more eggs a year. The egg color and production make them a very popular addition to backyard flocks for people looking for a dark brown egg to add to the egg basket.

Barnevelders, Rhode Island Reds, and Partridge Leghorns are amongst the breeds that were originally used to create the lines of Welsummers we have today.

The most common color of Welsummer is by far the Partridge, though Silver and Gold Duckwing also exist. They are single combed, the hens are fairly cold hardy and they will go broody occasionally.

The breed was recognized by the APA in 1991.


Breed purpose: Duel Purpose
Comb Type: Single, medium sized.
Broodiness: Occasional.
Climate Tolerance: Cold hardy.
Weight: roosters 7 lbs, hens 6 lbs.
Egg Productivity: Good
Egg Size: Large+
Egg Color: Very dark brown

Hen, picture by @soldier

Rooster, picture by @jenifern

Eggs, picture by @saraponikvar

Link to the BYC Breed reviews.

Link to the General breed discussions & FAQ thread.

Link to the Exhibition, Genetics, & Breeding to the Standard of Perfection thread.

Do you own Welsummers? Are you a Welsummer 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!

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Michael OShay

5 Years
May 14, 2014
Thanks for the article on the Welsummer. I don't currently have any in my flock, but I've had them in the past and love their chocolate eggs. In my personal opinion, they are the prettiest eggs in the chicken world.


Premium Feather Member
11 Years
Mar 21, 2011
New Mexico, USA
My Coop
My Coop
Very pretty breed the Welsummer! I have never kept them but have always admired their color and feather patterns.

Another breed I need to add to my want list!!


8 Years
Mar 11, 2011
Western WA
I got a couple of Wellsummer chicks this spring and just love their personalities! So far they are calm, happy, not easily spooked, and not scared of people. None of which I can say for my Marans chicks!


2 Dozen Chickens Past Normal!
7 Years
Dec 31, 2014
NE Missouri
Yep, one of my Welsummer "pullets" crowed yesterday too. I'm glad though because I really wanted one of these beautiful cockerels in our flock.

We have 4 Wellies, two pullets, two cockerels and really enjoy them being around. They are gentle and intelligent, ours are not 'cuddlers' but they are not overly afraid of us either.

I highly recommend adding them to your flock if possible.

I can hardly wait to get eggs from our two girls in a few months and if one of the boys breeds our Buff Orp hens and she goes broody, some beautifully colored chicks in the future.


Rest in Peace 1980-2020
Premium Feather Member
8 Years
Jun 28, 2011
We bought four welsummer pullets along with a mixed flock this year. This week we confirmed through his first crow that one of our she's is a he! Lol they are such sweet birds
Beautiful too!

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