When we got our mixed flock 7 years ago no one could have told me that one of the two welsummer hens would last until only five weeks ago. She was a great great grandmother before she went and most of my flock have a little of her in them. She laid steadily for three years, 5 out of 7 days, with a winter break, then had a year off and then laid again for about 6 months before stopping. She raised chicks 4 times and on the fifth try she gave up halfway through. It had been the second time in a season so I can't blame her. The last 18 months I reckon she had earned just being able to enjoy life without responsibility. Unfortunately she must have eaten something bad because she became very poorly with mucky vent feathers. She bucked up for a couple days but I wasn't surprised to find her stiffened in the straw just before Christmas.
I added a welsummer bantam to my small flock about 6 months ago. I was a bit wary as I thought she would be more agressive and stand offish than the others (pekins with a shy RIR). But she is very sweet and shy, a good layer of (for her size) large brown eggs. She is not as tame as the others and the hardest to cacth, but no a good forager and sweet tempered. I would get another.
We bought 5 chickens last spring, 1 silverlaced wyandotte, 2 golden sexlinks, and 2 welsummers. 1 gsl died after a couole month for lack of thriving. The other gsl was taken by a raccoon 2 weeks ago. She was our friendliest bird. So we have Peep, our slw and 2 Welsummers, Coco and Cute Chicken, left. They are both good layers, one egg every 1 to 2 days. Seems more like every day though! Their eggs are very dark brown, sometimes speckled! Our wyandotte seems to be more people friendly than our welsummers. The cats even get along with the birds. The welsummers really don't like to be held or even touched most times. One more so than the other. I think Coco, our more anti social bird, may even be showing signs of broodiness. Also these 2 girls will have crow offs with each other. It is so funny! They can get pretty loud. Our wyandotte is much quieter, her noises are like sweet soft coos compared to our welsummers. I'm glad we have all of them. They are all good birds. I personally don't think the welsummer hens are as pretty as some other chickens but in the sunlight their feathers show some green too.
I came across Welsummers about 5-6 years ago when I bought 2 each of three different breeds, Welsummer, Australorp and Barnevelder. One Welsummer became crop-bound very early on and died, but the other outlasted the rest and is still going strong. She has great grandchildren now. In 2014/15 she didn't lay at all but has started producing again and is now the favourite of the current rooster. Her eggs are paler than breed standard but have a beautiful even speckle. She also brooded 4 clutches successfully in her early years and so have some of her daughters and grand daughters so the reviews that say they are not good mothers make no sense to me. Almost no broken eggs in their clutching broody time and whilst not as attentive as a Dorking mother, no particular complaints. I also find they calm quickly after being picked up and held gently and closely and spoken to nicely. A lightish bird but not scrappy. Love em.
I have a welsummer cock, it seem to be very very friendly but it does sometimes (RARELY) be a little aggressive with the hens.
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.
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
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 :)
friendly, curious and nice to other birds
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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