The Welsummer breed hails from eastern Netherlands and named after the village of Welsum where they are breed originally. At the beginning of the 20th century, the Welsummer breed was developed from a number of local fowls, the most notable of which are the Oprington, Brahma and Malay breeds. In 1924, it gained entry into the Dutch breeding standard, a bit prematurely considering it will take another five years before the official coloring and type are set.
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Welsummer chickens are noted for their dark brown and spotty eggs, and for their partridge colors, making them equally useful as layers and show birds. For farmers selecting eggs to breed, it's essential to note the color of the egg - lighter eggs signifies good layer, whereas a darker brown egg alludes to a poor laying.
An all-around friendly and simple breed, Welsummer chickens are easy t get along with though hens can get broody late in the spring. In standard size, a rooster weighs seven pounds, while the hen weighs six pounds.