Other common names: Welsumer
Welsummer chickens were developed in the small village of Welsum in the Netherlands in the early 1900's. In 1927 the Dutch Association for the Improvement of the Welsummer Poultry Breed was founded. The Welsummer breed arrived in England in 1928. Today, Welsummers are perhaps best known for being the Kelloggs Cereal Rooster.
Types: Bantam, Largefowl
Varieties (Single Comb): Red Partridge, Silver Duckwing
Uses: Eggs, Meat
Bantam: 30 - 34 oz
Largefowl: 6 - 7 lbs
Personality: Lively, social, and friendly the hens make fine pets. Occasionally, roosters are aggressive.
Preferred climate: Any
Handles confinement: Yes
Egg production: Good (3/week)
Egg color: Dark Brown with Speckles
Egg size: Large
productive layers, gentle birds, friendlier chickens, cold tolerant, great foragers
average shells, shy creatures, bit standoffish, little escape artists
beautiful terra cotta, talkative bird, uniquely colored eggs, great hobby, sociable
Excellent, entertaining layers
When it comes to egg laying, Welsummers pretty much have it all. These are productive, gorgeous birds that lay uniquely colored eggs.
At this point, my Welsummers are some of my top layers. Their eggs are a beautiful reddish brown that adds a lovely diversity to the egg cartons. Some Welsummers can lay very dark and even speckled eggs. Although the shell color tends to lighten as the laying season progresses, they do keep a lovely terracotta tone.
While they’re superb layers, Welsummers are not a great choice for meat birds. They have a sleek build and aren’t particularly fast to put on weight.
These are active birds with highly entertaining personalities. Even though they came from different sources, my Welsummers all seem to share a similar sense of humor. They have funny habits like playing with hair. Mine like to play with my bangs and also with the goats’ fleece when the goats scratch along the fence.
My Welsummer gals are also generally the last to go to bed. While nearly everyone else is settling down on the roosts, they’ll often still be out playing. I have a lot of outdoor perches and platforms set up and the Welsummers use them more than any of the other birds.
Because they are so active, I don’t imagine that they would adapt well to small backyard coops. However, mine are in a large run and do fine with being enclosed as long as they have enough room to run and forage.
Welsummers are hardy, agile birds that are also very personable. All of mine like to follow me around when I’m in the coop. They frequently come over asking for treats and like to watch what people around their run are doing. They like to stick together, but also get along very well with other friendly breeds.
Welsummers are sociable, productive layers that would make a beautiful addition to any flock..
From gardenfairy Sep 10 2014 4:10AM
Gertrude the Welsummer Chicken
I grew up in the country in western Nebraska, and we had a substantial chicken coop with a lot of hens. Nostalgic for those days, I decided to buy a few chickens several years ago. I named my Wellsummer Gertrude. She lives in my backyard with a handful of other chicken buddies.
Welsummers are a good choice for several reasons. Firstly, they have beautiful coloring--golden brown necks, a crimson breast, and dark hind feathers. Secondly, they are well proportioned chickens with a hearty build. Thirdly, they lay really large eggs of excellent quality. The eggs have a nice dark brown (oftentimes spotted appearance). Lastly, they are a smart breed, as far as chickens go.
Gertrude has a very warm and funny personality. I often hear her happily clucking in the back yard as she pecks around for treats. She enjoys being petted and she gets along very well with my dog. (They sometimes playfully chase each other around the yard!) Though she is friendly overall, she can be pensive when she feels vulnerable or uncomfortable. She also is somewhat broody and stubborn.
If you've never had a chicken as a pet before, I highly recommend them. They add a particular warmth and coziness to any homestead. Welsummers are an excellent choice for those looking for a unique and lovable feathered friend.
*Be sure you research the zoning laws of your neighborhood..
From pet_pal Nov 21 2014 6:33PM
Our most recent chickens
We have raised leghorn and golden lace wyandotte in the past, but this year is the first time we tried welsummer. Out of ten birds, we have five of each sex.
The hens are just now getting ready to lay, so I don't yet know if they will be broody.
We butchered three of the rosters last weekend. The first went into the pot with dumplings and the meat seemed very good. The flavor was strong and the birds seem large for their age.
Our birds are allowed to free range around our home. I see them foraging all the time and they seem to be doing a wonderful job of supplementing the feed we give them.
I also have to say that the roosters are beautiful. Very colorful.
One word of warning, I have had issues with them attempting to flog my youngest sons when the go out to feed while wearing either red or yellow shirts..
From LEWhite Aug 26 2015 7:48PM