Homesteaders rejoice, you just found the ultimate all around sweet, no fuss chicken breed.
On the fence about what breed to add to your flock this year? Look no further than these beauties. New chicken keepers and longtime homesteaders will both be pleased by the dynamism and intelligence of our Welsummers.
The Alchemist Line of heritage Welsummers is a culmination of nine years of selective breeding for large exaggerated speckling and interesting bloom, sometimes causing their eggs to look pink or purple. An excellent base for any olive egger project, these birds are some of our favorite on the farm. Our Welsummers are fantastic additions to any flock not only for their personality and robust health, they are amazingly consistent depth they bring to the daily egg collecting basket so many of us chicken enthusiasts stove for. Each Welsummer hen lays a unique speckling pattern over her egg that is consistent throughout her laying life. They lay as well as any commercial breed but lay eggs of a far superior quality.
After looking at our lineup of unique birds you may ask why we choose to include Welsummers in our breeding program. The quality of the Welsummer breed varies GREATLY when it comes to feathering and egg laying beauty. We choose to breed wellies because no other chicken lays in quite the same pattern and with as high of frequency as they can! When we move juveniles of this breed out into for forever pasture home they are the first breed out of all that we work with to find their way up and into the safety of their coop at night. While others may require a week of training, the Welsummers take only a few days. Their curious nature, intelligence and trainability make them a valuable part of any home flock.
Laying over 250 eggs a year, our line of Welsummers is a mix of four breeders from different states that have been carefully breeding their lines to produce this speckling effect while creating healthy and robust birds. We keep Welsummers in our general egg laying flock because they can easily compete with the laying ability of any rhode island red or pearl leghorn while maintaining a more docile personality.
As always, we also breed for temperament, any rooster you get from us if given the right conditions will grow up be polite and docile.
Quick Breed Stats:
Egg Color: lighter brown with speckles
Egg Bloom: Can have excellent bloom making the eggs appear pink on occasion
Egg Size: standard
Egg Texture: matted
Egg Production During Spring and Summer: very high 6-7 eggs a week
Meat Production: best for egg production, males have some meat on them.
Heat Tolerance: very good if shade is provided
Cold Tolerance: very good if free from drafts. Use vaseline to prevent frostbite in winter
Disposition: laid back and more solitary. Will come running for treats.
Weeks to Maturity: 22
Free Range Ability: very high, very predator wise – roosters are excellent protectors of the hens.
The Welsummer chicken is a breed of domestic fowl that originated in the Netherlands. The breed was developed in the village of Welsum, located in the province of Gelderland, in the early 20th century. The breed was created by crossing several other breeds of chickens, including the Partridge Leghorn and the Plymouth Rock, with the goal of creating a bird that was hardy, good layers, and had a distinctive appearance.
The Welsummer was first introduced to England in the 1920s, where it was embraced for its attractive appearance and excellent egg-laying ability. The breed quickly gained popularity among poultry fanciers, and it was soon being exported to other countries, including the United States.
In the United States, the Welsummer remained a relatively unknown breed until the late 20th and early 21st centuries, when a growing interest in heritage poultry breeds led to a resurgence of popularity for the breed. Today, the Welsummer is widely recognized as an excellent layer of medium to large brown eggs, in our case we are selecting for heavy speckling on our eggs. Our line of heritage welsummers originated from an old school breeder in Appalachia and we are continuing on his work of selecting for speckling and robust health!
This is one very understated but amazing breed not to be missed in your flock 🙂