We were very excited to find our Partridge Welsummers - they come from an autosexing line and we are working to strengthen that feature. A Dutch breed, they are friendly and great foragers. They lay gorgeous speckled dark brown eggs - some get almost as dark as our Marans! We breed more for SOP than egg color with this line because we want to keep our beloved autosexing trait. It's so convenient! Our stock came from Deer Run Farm, who purchased the line from Will Morrow & Kent Ozkum at Whitmore Farm when they retired in 2017.
Welsummers lay on average 200 medium-large dark brown eggs per year. Some are almost as dark as our Black Copper Marans eggs and some are lighter with chocolate speckles. We love both!
Welsummer hens weigh about 5.5bs and roosters weigh about 7.5lbs.
Welsummers are very cold hardy, but their giant, glorious combs are VERY prone to frostbite. They and the Black Copper Marans are always the first to get hit with it, no matter how clean & dry & ventilated our coops are.
So far, all of our Welsummers have been sweet. Some people say that the roosters can be aggressive, but we haven't noticed that yet at all. If we did, we would cull hard! We do not want to pass on aggressive genetics in our birds, even if they're gorgeous or lay the prettiest eggs ever.