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Welsummer chickens

Welsummer Hen

Welsummer chickens



The Welsummer is named after the village of Welsum in Holland although the breed was originally developed in the area along the river Ysel to the north of Deventer, Holland at about the same time as the Barnevelders (1900-1913). The Dutch bred it from the partridge Cochin, partridge Wyandotte and partridge Leghorn, the Barnevelder and Rhode Island Red. It was first imported into this country in 1928 for its large brown egg. The Welsummer is a large, upright, active bird with a broad back, full breast and large full tail. They head has a single comb, medium wattles, almond shaped ear lobes and a strong, short beak. They have yellow legs which fade to pale yellow in summer and reddish bay eyes.


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.

Breed Purpose
Dual Purpose
Climate Tolerance
Egg Productivity
Egg Size
Egg Color
Dark Brown
Breed Temperament
Friendly,Easily handled,Calm,Bears confinement well
Breed Colors/Varieties
Red Partridge
Breed Size
Large Fowl


Welsummers lay lovely large eggs and the dark brown pigment can actually be rubbed off as it is added at the end of the egg laying sequence. They do go broody but not usually until late Spring but are not particularly good mothers. Chicks are strong and are easily sexed as females have much darker head and back markings than males. They lay fewer eggs during the winter. They are friendly, easily handled birds which love to free range and forage for food but can also be kept in runs quite happily. They are productive for 3 years of their 9 year lifespan.


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