Welsummer Chickens

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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.


Welsummers 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.


Silver Duckwing, gold and black-red partridge.


Fairly common

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Breed: Welsummer - Fertilised Eggs
Descriptions: Welsummer - Fertilised Eggs
Variety: Brown
Age: 0 weeks
Seller: Happy Hatching
Seller Rating: New Seller!
Description: We have Welsummer Large fowl hatching eggs for sale at £1 each either collect direct or we can post in poly boxes at £5.50 per 6
Location: Kent Show Map
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Breed: Welsummer - Breeding Trio
Descriptions: Welsummer - Breeding Trio
Variety: Large Fowl
Age: 76 weeks
Seller: Beacon Stud
Seller Rating:            7 reviews
Description: Very lovely pair of stunning girls with a great chap-show qualityand friendly-just started laying and nice brown eggs
Location: Kent Show Map
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Breed: Welsummer - Point Of Lay Hen
Descriptions: Welsummer - Point Of Lay Hen
Variety: Large Fowl
Age: 20 weeks
Seller: Beacon Stud
Seller Rating:            7 reviews
Description: Wonderful colour, really rich and with a pleasant temperament. Very rare breed, so a chance to get a lovely bird to breed from. beacon-stud Benenden. Last few left-Very old and rare breed-lovely dark coloured eggs!
Location: Kent Show Map
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Breed: Welsummer - Point Of Lay Hen
Descriptions: Welsummer - Point Of Lay Hen
Variety: Silver Duckwing
Age: 19 weeks
Seller: JanettheGannet
Seller Rating: No Feedback!
Description: Only 4 left. These are point of lay pullets hatched from my own birds, reared outdoors since 5 weeks old. My experience of welsummers is that the SDW lays more eggs than the partridge variety although the eggs are not such a dark shade of brown. Their faces are reddening up so they are approaching their first egg. Price is per hen but negotiable if several are bought together. Please email me to check I still have them and come to satisfy yourself as to their quality and health.
Location: Glos Show Map
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Latest Reviews For Welsummers (5 of 23)

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           Great Birds and Very Hardy

- Lesley, 22 February 2014

I had a Welsummer in my first batch of hens which I bought back in 2009. She is a beautiful bird and lays dark brown eggs which are longish and slightly speckled. She definitely rules the roost and although she's getting old, I still get the odd egg from her. If you want your birds to lay every day then don't get Welsummers but if you are happy with two to three eggs per week in Summer then they are the perfect birds.


- LYnn, 18 August 2013

I brought a trio in June from a lady in Northamptonshire. The cockerel had no interest in the hens and did not treat them particularly well. The hens when they laid, averaged 1 every other day for 6 weeks and now have stopped laying They look nice but not worth the money in my opinion

           Great all around chicken

- Owen, 25 May 2013

I have one welsummer hen and she is the best chicken i have ever had. she lays usually 6 eggs a week and is the friendliest of friendly chickens. she follows everybody around the yard. When it comes to hardiness, all i can say is she survived a bad philadelphia winter without a nice cozy coop. (this was before i had her) I couldn't be happier with her and i would be delighted to have a flock of welsummers. also, if you have a rabbit problem, order a welsummer. my hen chases the rabbits of the property :)

           Great birds

- Hamish, 25 May 2013

Friendly, curious and nice to other birds

           Georgeous looking birds.

- Emma, 28 January 2013

I have had welsummers (both red duckwing, otherwise known as partridge and silver duckwing) for the past 2 years. I have also recently started breeding the former. In my experience, both male and female of this breed are among the most stunning for appearance and if you get a good strain, the egg colour is an amazing red/brown colour - quite unique! They lay extremely well from Jan to Sept with eggs being quite large. The cockerels seem to be more friendly than the hens and they don't particularly like cold/wet weather (mine stay in their coop if it's too cold outside!). I've heard they this breed can be flighty but I haven't had this issue unlike the cream legbars! Overall, if you can balance out the lack of autumn eggs with a good winter laying breed or a hybrid, than they are well worth having.


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