Meet The Welsummer Breed Of Chicken

imagesHISTORY

The Welsummer was developed, in the Netherlands, and was named after the village of Welsum in Holland. The breed was created with the Partridge Cochin, Partridge Wyandotte, Partridge Leghorn, later in the 20th Century, the Barnevelder and Rhode Island Red were added.  The American Poultry Association admitted the Welsummer into the American Standard of Excellence, in 1991.

QUALITIES and ATTRIBUTES 

images-1Although the American Poultry Association only recognizes one variety, with a partridge pattern, breeders are working on creating other colors. Welsummers are a medium size bird, hens should be 6 pounds, and roosters 7 pounds. The beautiful, rich brown-red hued feathers and upright single comb make the Welsummer a striking chicken. Another interesting characteristic of the Welsummers, is the male/female feather color at hatching. This makes them (what is considered to be) an autosexing breed, although not as easily discernible as a Sex Link cross.

images-2The most famous of all (make believe!) Welsummers is the Kellogg’s rooster.

WelsummerEggsWelsummers will adapt well to any environment, although they thrive with the ability to forage, with a   very friendly demeanor. They lay approximately 200 large brown eggs a year, of a dark brown color, some even lay a speckled egg. They do not go broody, so they make a good choice for back yard egg layers. Overall, the Welsummer makes an excellent choice for a backyard chicken, or a small egg farming operation.

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Special thanks to the American Standard of Perfection by the American Poultry Association, The Chicken Encyclopedia by Gail Damerow, Storey’s Illustrated Guide to Poultry Breeds by Carol Ekarius, Hobby Farms Guide to Chicken Breeds, Poultry World, the magazine for helpful information, as well as contributions from J. David Matthews, of Barnesville, Georgia in preparation of this article. Photo credits to imgkid.com, Pinterest, and Kellogg’s.

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