A Dutch breed of  domestic chicken originating out of the small village of Welsum in Eastern Netherlands in the early part of the 20th century.  Breeds used in producing the breed include Rhode Island Reds, Barnevelders, Partridge Leghorns, Cochins, and Wyandottes.    In the mid ninteen-twenties the breed had standards set and were exported for commercial egg laying farms.  The bird lays large brown eggs but isn’t usually broody.  It is a light breed, fairly docile, small head and a large five point comb. 

The  hens normally will have gold colored fine feathers around their necks and the cocks will have a rusty red feathering on their necks.  If you want an image of a Welsummer think no further than the Kellog Cornflakes rooster.   There are three main variations, Partride, Silver Duckwing, and Gold Duckwing.  There are bantam varieties in all three colors. They are a soft feathered bird with shades of brown and black and beetle green.  The roosters will weight five to six pounds, hens four to five pounds, laying around 180 eggs per year in a brown or light red color .



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