Welsummer Chickens: The Good Forager

Welsummer Chickens lay very attractive eggs of a dark and deep reddish brown color and are excellent foragers.


Welsummer Chicken Facts:

Class: Standard: American / Bantam: Single Comb, Clean Legged

Size: Standard Male: 7 Ibs. / Standard Female: 6 Ibs. / Bantam Male: 34 oz. / Bantam Female: 30 oz.

Comb, Wattles & Earlobes: They have a medium-size single comb with five evenly serrated points that are longer in the middlethan the ends. The comb stands upright and the wattles are moderately long and well rounded. The earlobes are elongated ovalsof medium size and they all are bright red.

Color: Many breeders are now producing many color varieties, but only one has been recognized by the APA as it is a relatively new breed to North America. In the recognized variety, the beak is dark horn and the eyes are reddish bay. Theshanks and toes are yellow. Male: They have a golden brown to a reddish brown head, hackle, back, and saddle. The breast and body are black with some red mottling and the tail is black with some brown edging on the coverts. The wingsare reddish brown with black highlighting. Female: They are primarily reddish brown with a stippling of blackor gray on some feathers.

Place of Origin: Holland

Conservation Status: N/A

Special Qualities: They lay beautiful colored dark and deep reddish eggs. Excellent forager.



The breed is relatively new to North America, though it was developed in native Holland in the early 1900's.It takes its name from the village of Welsum. The original breeder began crossing Barnevelders with native birds until he got a consistent and stable cross.

These birds are known to be the top free range foragers of all egg-laying breeds. They lay a moderate number of tan to dark eggs. The hens mature early and do tend to go broody at times.

The breed was recognized by the APA in 1991.



Return from Welsummer Chickens to Poultry Breeds

New! Comments

Have your say about what you just read! Leave me a comment in the box below.

Custom Search



ASK A CHICKEN QUESTION

We strive to give you the best answer possible. We will have an answer to your question in 24 hours. If we do not answer your question in 24 hours we will give you a complete refund and still answer your question. On staff we have a vet tech with 25 years of experience raising chickens and other exotic birds.

We have many people who try and post answers in the comments and contact us section. We are very busy and try to answer all questions but asking a question in these two areas will not guarantee an answer.

To help with the cost of maintaining the site I am asking our visitors to make a small payment of $4.95 for each question submitted.

To ask your Chicken Question click on the button

After your payment has been received click on the button that says return to raising-chickens.org and you will be redirected to the Thank You page where you will be able to ask your Chicken Questions.

(be patient and do not press the back button on your browser)To ask your Chicken question click on the button