Other common names: Vorwerkhuhn; Golden Lakenvelder Chicken
The Vorwerk Chicken is s dual purpose chicken breed which was developed in Germany in the early 1900's. Breeds used to create the Vorwerk are believed to have included the Lakenvelder, Buff Orpington, Buff Sussex and Andalusian. By 1913, the Vorwerk was standardized. It is very uncommon outside of continental Europe.
Types: Bantam, Largefowl
Varieties (Single Comb): Buff Columbian
Uses: Eggs, Meat, Ornamental, Preservation
Bantam: 24 - 34 oz
Largefowl: 5.5 - 7 lbs
Personality: Active and timid, but can become rather tame if given the attention.
Preferred climate: Any
Handles confinement: Yes
Egg production: Very Good (4/week)
Egg color: White
Egg size: Large
What else you should know:
Vorwerks fly well and may require enclosed coops and runs, or wing trimming. Bantam Vorwerks should be raised inside an enclosed pen, to keep them safe from hawks.
healthy, heat tolerant birds, great birds
My Experience with Vorwerk Chickens
I once had a small poultry of my own, and, being the researcher that I am, I found myself familiarising myself with breeds I wasn’t possibly going to deal with, at least not in the foreseeable future. Even though I read about the Vorwerk Chicken during my random research sessions, it was at my uncle’s farm that I came into contact with the breed.
My uncle’s farm was really just a smallholding which is what Vorwerk chickens can be suited for. I found the breed to be vigilant, but, the next time you call someone ‘chicken’ to mean they are fearful, you better not have the Vorwerk chickens in mind because they are not at all flighty. They can actually be quite docile birds.
Vorwerk chickens can fly up to two meters high when they have a reason to. That’s something I read, then experienced at my uncle’s smallholding. You need a fence that’s higher than most chickens would require if kept in an enclosure. My uncle’s wasn’t high enough so it wasn’t uncommon to have some frustrated kid pursuing a dodgy chicken, trying to put it back into the enclosure. If you intend to have them separated, make sure your fence is high enough.
Vorwerks don’t eat as much as you would expect a bird their size to, especially given their relatively high growth rate and their impressive egg output. Which was a huge plus to my uncle who was somehow always on a tight budget. The chicks can mature fast, too.
When I would see chickens fighting as a kid, I would always be fascinated as I didn’t think they were actually hurting each other. I know– bad kid (I never made them fight though). The kid in me would have been disappointed with vorkwrek chickens, as the males don’t exactly see enemies in each other. It is, therefore, fine to have several males in one enclosure.
I would recommend Vorwerk chickens to anyone with zero experience with chickens. They are easy to handle and are economical with feed. They grow quite fast, too..
From Bruce Aug 16 2015 12:41PM