Chick, Welsummer

The Welsumer or Welsummer is a Dutch breed of domestic chicken. It originates in the small village of Welsum, in the eastern Netherlands. It was bred at the beginning of the 20th century from local fowls of mixed origin: Rhode Island Reds, Barnevelders, Partridge Leghorns, Cochins, and Wyandottes. In 1922-23 steps were taken to fix a standard after the birds began to show a good deal of uniformity. The eggs were originally exported for the commercial egg trade where they were an instant hit. Soon after stock was imported into England. The breed was added to the British Standard in 1930.

It is a light, friendly, and intelligent breed, with rustic-red and orange colour. Representations of cockerels in the media are often based upon the "classic" Welsummer look. The most common example of this would be the Kelloggs Cornflakes rooster.


Hens around 5 pounds, and roosters 6+ pounds.


The standard sized Welsumer lays eggs which are a very dark brown, often with dark spots. They lay large brown eggs. Some used to think that the eggs were a trick as the dark colouring can be removed when the egg is scrubbed.

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Chick, Welsummer

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