Sunday, July 08, 2012

Welsummer chickens


I have 6 Welsummer pullets that SAM bought at the sale at Huntsville I have no idea as to their heritage but hopefully they will lay dark eggs. They are about 5 months old now so I should  know by fall how their eggs are in color.
The Welsummer is named after the village of Welsum in Holland although the breed was originally developed in the area along the river Ysel to the north of Deventer, Holland at about the same time as the Barnevelders (1900-1913). The Dutch bred it from the partridge Cochin, partridge Wyandotte and partridge Leghorn, the Barnevelder and Rhode Island Red. It was first imported into this country in 1928 for its large brown egg. The Welsummer is a large, upright, active bird with a broad back, full breast and large full tail. They head has a single comb, medium wattles, almond shaped ear lobes and a strong, short beak. They have yellow legs which fade to pale yellow in summer and reddish bay eyes.
Behaviour
Dark Brown Welsummer eggsWelsummers lay lovely large eggs and the dark brown pigment can actually be rubbed off as it is added at the end of the egg laying sequence. They do go broody but not usually until late Spring but are not particularly good mothers. Chicks are strong and are easily sexed as females have much darker head and back markings than males. They lay fewer eggs during the winter. They are friendly, easily handled birds which love to free range and forage for food but can also be kept in runs quite happily. They are productive for 3 years of their 9 year lifespan.
Varieties
Silver Duckwing, gold and black-red partridge.

1 comment:

Sister--Three said...

Some of my chickens are old for a chicken. I am glad I have the 2 we hatched and hope to hatch some more...I plan to take the old ones to the edge of Galla Lake and let them go free. Maybe they will reproduce and there will be wild Galla Chickens.