The Welsummer was developed as a dual-purpose bird, near the village of Welsum in the Netherlands, after World War I. The Welsummer hen lays large eggs, which are a terracotta dark brown, often with dark speckles. It is a light, friendly, and intelligent breed, with rustic-red and orange color. Like the Marans, the Welsummer tends to be more athletic, taking to foraging and free ranging more often than other breeds. The roosters of this breed are stunning, so much. Hence, the rooster you find on the Kellogg’s Cornflake cereal box is a Welsummer named Cornelius.

Temperament Weight Eggs per Year Egg Size Egg Color Cold Hardy Heat Hardy
Docile, Active, Friendly, Vocal 5-6 lbs. 250 Large Speckled Brown Yes Yes
Temperament Docile, Active, Friendly, Vocal
Weight 5-6 lbs.
Eggs per Year 250
Egg Size Large
Egg Color Speckled Brown
Cold Hardy Yes
Heat Hardy Yes