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Welsummers The Spotlight Breed Of The Week
Welsummers are a rare breed chicken with Dutch origins, named after the village of Welsum, Holland and were developed sometime early in the 1900's. This practical and beautiful breed was quickly imported to England and other parts of Europe and finally made its way into the US in 1928. However, the American Poultry Association did not include the Welsummer breed in its Standard of Perfection until 1991. This Breed was particularly sought after for their ability to lay large brown eggs. Their eggs range in a variety of reddish brown colors from terracotta to mahogany, with varying amounts of brown speckles. However, the pigment of the eggs is far from ordinary the deep brown colors can actually rub off on your hands. This is because the pigment color is only added at the end of the egg-laying sequence. They Occasionally go broody and tend not to be good mothers. They are intelligent docile fast-growing birds with friendly personalities, which love to free range and forage for food but can also be kept contained quite happily. The famous colorful Kellogg’s Rooster was a Welsummer.
Adult Birds description: The Welsummer is a large, upright, with a broad back and full breast, The Males and females have very different Plumage coloring. Males have an intricate and beautiful coloring which includes a dark red across the saddle and bright green in the wings, as well as beautiful, black large tail feathers. Each feather of the back of the females is reddish brown, stippled with black and has a distinct lighter shaft. They have a single bright red comb, wattle, and earlobes.
Baby Chick description: The chicks are a reddish brown with chipmunk like striping on the top of their heads and down their backs
Classification Type: Continental
Temperament: Adaptable to confinement or free range, calm & docile.
Purpose: Dual purpose eggs laying and meat production
Broodiness: Occasionally generally do not make good mothers
Hardiness: Very hardy can tolerate almost any climate.
Maturing: 20-22 weeks Mating ratio: 9 females to 1 male
Egg color: Dark Brown with Speckles Egg size: Large
Rate Of Lay: Good Eggs per year: 180-220
Weight: Hen 6 lbs Rooster: 7 lbs
Pullet 5 lbs Cockerel 6 lbs
Spacing: Confined at all times 10 square feet per bird. Confined at night only at least 4 square feet of space per bird.
Roost height: 2Ft -4FT
Life Span: Of the depends on how well they are cared for, and the quality of life that they enjoy. Generally, they will live for approximately 6-8 years but have been known to reach 10-12 years. However, egg production will decrease every year.
Other facts: The Famous rooster named Cornelius you find on the Kellogg’s Cornflake cereal box is a Welsummer.
We Hatch Welsummers twice a week February thru May.