Are Welsummer chickens friendly?
Temperament and Personality Welsummers are generally calm, intelligent birds with a friendly yet busy nature. They love to forage and are incredibly efficient at finding food if permitted to be free-range. They are not generally aggressive and will integrate well with other chicken breeds if introduced correctly.
What are Welsummer chickens good for?
The Welsummer is a good addition to the flock if you want spotted terra cotta eggs! It was also bred originally as a dual purpose hen so it does dress out at a respectable weight. They are in the Top Ten of foragers and will supplement their feed well with tasty garden morsels if you allow them to.
What color eggs do Welsummers lay?
deep red terracotta shade
Welsummers are well known for laying lovely deep red terracotta shade. These eggs occasionally have speckles on them too. Some people call the eggs chocolate but I think that is a bit misleading. She will lay around 4 eggs each week, or around 200 eggs each year.
Are Welsummer hens good mothers?
They are a rich, deep brown, often with dark speckles. The pigmentation is so rich and beautiful that you sometimes might find yourself removing it from the eggs when you clean them! Unfortunately, Welsummers are not unknown for going broody very often, and they also aren’t the best of mothers.
Are Welsummers Hardy?
Welsummer chickens are hardy against winter temperatures, as their heavyweight and European origin means they fare well in the cold. If Welsummers have access to shaded areas, they are also able to handle warm temperatures with ease – as long as they have somewhere to beat the heat! Why We Love Them!
What color are Welsummer legs?
The Welsummer is a beautiful, strong chicken whose feathers absolutely gleam in the sunlight. They have quite an upright stance, with a flat, long back. Their large comb is bright red, and their legs a vivid yellow – a colour that fades into summer.
What size eggs do Welsummers lay?
Egg Production I’ve owned breeds with better production, but the Welsummers do lay jumbo sized eggs, which plays in their favor. You can expect 160-180 large and beautiful eggs from a single hen annually.
How long does it take Welsummers to lay eggs?
At what age do Welsummer hens start laying? They typically will start laying in the 5 – 6 month age range.
Are all Welsummer eggs speckled?
Though Marans do not lay as many speckled eggs as Welsummers do, Marans lay some enviable dark brown eggs.
How many eggs do Welsummers lay a year?
Welsummers are average egg layers, producing around 160 eggs each year. However, the pigment of the eggs is far from ordinary – the eggs that come out are a beautiful deep brown colour, that you can actually rub off with your hands!
Are Welsummer hens broody?
Welsummers are known to display broody behaviour, predominantly in the springtime – so if you want them for hatching fertile eggs, then this season is your best bet.
Are Welsummer chickens cold hardy?
The Welsummer is a dutch breed that is very winter hardy. They were initially bred as a dual purpose bird and can lay around 3 large eggs per week. These eggs are a beautiul terracotta color with some light speckles.
What is a Welsummer chicken?
The breed of chicken known as the Welsummer has only been in existence a little less than 100 years. It was created around the village of Welsum near Deventer, Netherlands as a dual purpose bird in the post-World War 1 era.
How big do Welsummer chickens get?
The Welsummer hen can weigh between 4 to 6lbs, while a male is between 6.5 to 7lbs. The comb of the male is of medium size, single and bright red in color. It will be firm, upright, and have five to seven points.
Do Welsummer chickens lay speckled eggs?
The Kellogg’s Corn Flake Rooster, “Cornelius” is a Welsummer. Here is a sample of the eggs laid by our Welsummer flock. As you can see our hens can lay a wide variety of speckled egg patterns to super dark solid browns. Often times the darkest of our Welsummer eggs can be compared to those chocolate eggs that the Copper Marans are known for.
What does a Welsummer Rooster look like?
The rooster is very different – and so handsome! His hackles and saddle feathers are chestnut brown and free-flowing. His sickles, under feathers, and chest are a lustrous beetle green coloring. The Welsummer is a single comb bird; it should show five points.