Breed Rating (9 Reviews)



The Vorwerk originates from Hamburg, Germany around 1900 and was developed by the German breeder Oskar Vorwerk who gave his name to the breed. He developed them as good utility birds with belted markings combined with buff feathering rather than white. They were first shown in 1912 and are thought to have come from Lakenvelders, Orpingtons, Ramelslohers and Andalusians. The breed is rare and was almost lost after the Second World War. They are powerful and compact birds with broad backs, and a deep, rounded breast. The head is broad and the face well feathered. They have a single, medium sized serrated comb, medium length wattles and small white earlobes. Their plumage is soft and glossy, the legs are slate blue and they have four toes. There is also a bantam version.


They are very good at foraging for food and make excellent birds for farmyards and smallholdings. They are happy free ranging but don’t mind being confined in a run at all. They are alert, busy birds with fairly small appetites and chicks are fast growers which mature quickly. However, they are good fliers and can fly around 2 metres so adequate fencing should be provided. The hens lay a good number of white-shelled eggs and will continue to lay throughout the winter. They are easy to tame and are not at all shy. The males are tolerant of each other and you can keep more than one cockerel.


The breed is only found in one colour which has black belted markings on a buff coloured body. This takes a while to develop and is often only complete after the third moult.


Fairly common

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Latest Reviews For Vorwerk (5 of 9)

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VORWERK CHICKS - Eric, 10 June 2015


Vorwerks - Rory, 16 October 2014

They are good strong tufty birds.

Flyers!! - Red Arrows??? - Glenn, 26 July 2014

My Light Sussex hatched out 4 Vorwerks for me who are healthy and busy birds, very inquisitive. BUT be warned at 8 weeks they are able to fly up to 8 feet!! My 6 foot fence poses no problem to them and am now trying to find suitable fencing that won't cost me a fortune, any ideas folks? Waring me out trying to contain them.

Beautiful Birds - Alec, 24 February 2014

I purchased 2 hens and a cockerel last summer. They are very timid I cant imagine the ones I have were handled much as chicks, they are a lot faster than your average chicken and I can only get near them when they go into roost at night or when feeding in the morning. They love to roam and have no problems with the resent bad weather we've had. Not had much in the way of eggs yet, thankfully this is not why I bought them. The cockerel is afraid of his own shadow so I wouldn't imagine any problems having 2+ roosters together. Looking to breed them in the spring..

Rare?? Why?? - Stephen, 28 May 2013

This is a fabulous breed and I have great difficulty in understanding its rareity. I obtained my two trios from diferent sources almost a year ago. they were a littis slow to start laying but when they started boy did they lay !! last week my 4 hens produced 23 eggs. Not that is impressive by any standards. I also decided to enter a cock and a hen into the Royal Ulster Agricultural Society show at Balmoral Park where they managed to win 1st and 2nd by=ut more importantly they were so calm when I was washing tham I could hardly believe it. Gorgeous very hardy birds, fantastic temprements great forragers, fast maturing and superb layers. Why thay have been allowed to become rare is frankly beyond me.

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