Welsummer Chickens

Above: My Welsummer hen (Donna) & Rooster (Henry). Both are about 3 yrs old.

Welsummers are what typically comes to mind when one thinks “rooster”.  In fact, it is speculated, because of their amazingly close resemblance, that the Corn-Flakes rooster is a Welsummer…

History

Welsummer chickens originated in Netherland, specifically in Welsum, a dutch village. This is where the breed got its name.

Welsummer Physical Characteristics

Welsummers come in one standard color (which greatly resembles that of Red Jungle fowl). Wlsummer hens are a mottled brown color (called partridge) and have gold accented hackles. The roosters have shimmery-green/black tails and bodies and red/gold saddle and hackle feathers. Welsummers have clean (non-feathered) yellow shanks and feet. Welsummers’ eyes are usually brown, orange, red and/or gold colored.

Welsummer Size

Welsummers are medium weight chickens. A Standard Welsummer rooster will weigh ~7-8 pounds and a Standard Welsummer hens will weigh ~4-6 pounds. However, bantam (miniature) variations are available. A bantam welsummer rooster will weigh ~34 ounces and a bantam Welsummer hen will weigh ~30 ounces.

Hardiness

Welsummers are fairly hardy except roosters have large, pointed, single combs. For this reason, they are prone to frost-bite on their combs in below-freezing temperatures. However, Welsummer hens have fairly small combs which makes it much less of an issue for the hens.

Productivity

 Wesummer hens lay ~200 eggs per year. Welsummers also lay beautiful Burgundy/reddish-brown eggs. Welsummer eggs are also commonly mottled/speckled. This gives them a unique, colorful appearance. However, Welsummer chickens are not just superb egg-layers, they are also known for their meat quality.

Temperament

Welsummers generally are very easy-going and have mellow temperaments.  Welsummers are also generally very good with being handled.  However, since Welsummers are smaller than many other breeds and generally submissive, they may get bullied/picked on when placed in large flocks or with other, bigger breeds.

Activity Level

Welsummers bear confinement fairly well. However, oddly, at the same time, they are highly productive foragers. This means, when free range, Welsummers are very cost efficient.

Intelligence level

The Welsummer is reputably a very intelligent breed. I have experienced this by a definite. My Welsummer hen (Donna) is an escape artist… and a good flyer (bad combo). Both my Welsummers are also very thoughtful and have the mental capacities to come up with solutions for issues they encounter.

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