Welsummer Chicken Hatching Eggs
The Welsummer Chicken originated in Holland in the early 20th century. It is part of the elite class of Dark Brown Egg Laying Chickens. The breed was originally created by crossing many popular varieties of dual purpose chicken breeds like Cochins, Wyandottes, Leghorns, Barnvelders, and Rhode Island Reds.
First of all, Welsummer Chickens also have similar characteristics to many other popular heavy breed egg laying chickens like hardiness, excellent egg laying ability, dual purpose meat utility, and beautiful plumage. But what sets this breed apart are the beautiful chocolate colored eggs. These excellent egg layers are also fairly early maturing, and they can be extremely cold hardy. This allows them to lay fairly regularly throughout winter during their prime laying years. Despite this, they are not dependable brooders or setters. While that is mostly true, they will sometimes hatch out a nest of their own without need of an incubator.
Both male and female Welsummer Chickens are beautifully colored. The males have a rich golden brown head, neck, and saddle feathers with a small to average sized single comb. The tail, sickles and wing covert feathers are an iridescent black. The back feathers between the neck and saddle are a deep bronze or reddish color. The female also has a similarly colored golden brown head with copper colored hackles. The covert feathers are a black edged brown that fade to black toward the tail, and the breast and thigh plumage is a a deep orangish red color. In conclusion, the Welsummer’s beauty and productivity makes it truly a unique breed.