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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Latest Reviews For Welsummer (5 of 25)

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Gorgeous birds and great producers - Ralph,

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.

Friendly - Riyadh, Lancashire,

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,

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,

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,

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 :)

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