Photo: Josh Larios USA

Welsummer is a chicken breed originally from the small village of Welsum, in the eastern Netherlands.

It was bred at the beginning of the 20th century from local fowls of mixed origin: Rhode Island Reds, Barnevelders, Partridge Leghorns, Cochins, and Wyandottes. In 1922-23 steps were taken to fix a standard after the birds began to show a good deal of uniformity. The eggs were originally exported for the commercial egg trade where they were an instant hit. Soon after stock was imported into England. The breed was added to the British Standard in 1930.

It is a light, friendly, and intelligent breed, with rustic-red and orange colour (Partridge). Representations of cockerels in the media are often based upon the "classic" Welsummer look. The most common example of this would be the Kelloggs Cornflakes rooster.

The Welsummer is prized for both it's beauty and lovely bronze eggs. The hens are very productive layers and their large eggs can have dark speckles. Welsummers are an excellent free range bird and are known for being excellent foragers.

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Size of Bird: Cock 3.2kg | Hen 2.7kg

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