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Welsummer Chickens

September 6th, 2010 at 11:00

Welsummer Chickens, Lay Eyecatching Eggs.

Welsummer Chickens Appearance.

Welsummer Chickens Brown EggsOriginating from the Dutch village of Welsum, the Welsummer has descended from a mixture of Rhode Island Red, Cochin, Wyandotte, Barnevelder and Leghorn Chickens.

In the majority of cases the birds are usuually found in one colour, the  hens resemble a female brown Leghorn and the cocks are like a black-red Old English Game.

The birds have a single comb and a mixture of brown and black feathers to the chest and are classified as a light breed with soft feathers.

Welsummer Chickens & Egg Laying

welsummer chicken brown eggsWhen you compare them to other egg laying breeds, they are relatively poor layers producing on average 180 – 200 per year. However Welsummers eggs are an important factor of the breed and are usually a rich brown colour, and dependant on the strain may vary from terracotta to chocolate browm. The egg is textured and matt and in some cases be slightly speckled.

The Welsummer Club has its own egg standards for judging purposes. Some breeders concentrate on selective breeding to achieve very dark brown eggs, but usually this results in lower egg output, so consider what qualities you require when choosing your breeder.

Caring For Welsummers…

welsummer chickensI can totally recommend this lovely breed if your aim is keeping pet chickens as the Welsummer is an ideal breed for the novice to chicken keeping, as they’re friendly birds and are happy whether they roam free-range or you keep them in a run.

The chooks are hardy birds and tend to shrug off common ailments. They love to be fed tit-bits and love nothing better than having a patch of grass on which they can scratch about.

Bantam versions are available, but they tend to be more lively and active, and of course the eggs are not as large.

Welsummer Chickens Are An Ideal Breed For The Novice Chicken Keeper. They Also Produce Beautiful Dark Brown Eggs For Your Breakfast.

Here’s Some Welsummers Greeting Their Owner.

 

 

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