Breed Rating (24 Reviews)



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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Welsummer - Pullet - Pullets

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Description: We have around 10 gorgeous Welsummer pullets for sale they are lovely sturdy birds. We are in most days but please call or email first, or visit our website at noddyspurebreeds.co.uk. PLEASE CONTACT BEFORE MAKING PAYMENT REGARDING STOCK.

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Description: Lovely chicks from a GUARANTEED dark brown egg laying strain-these are show winners

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Description: Lovely pullets from a GUARANTEED dark brown egg laying strain-these are show winners

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Description: Lovely birds-we also have point of lay show standard birds for sale as well

2 Welsummer Cockrels

Description: 2 Welsummer cockrels 10 weeks old, Good home required.

Latest Reviews For Welsummer (5 of 24)

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Friendly - Riyadh, 20 July 2014

I have a welsummer cock, it seem to be very very friendly but it does sometimes (RARELY) be a little aggressive with the hens.

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

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