- Welsummer Chicken
The Welsummer chicken is a Dutch breed named after the village of Welsum in Holland. Developed in the 1900's it was first imported into this country in 1928 for its large brown egg. The Welsummer eggs will vary in tints of dark brown eggs and most of the eggs will have a real dark speckled pigment in the egg shell. The Welsummer is a large, upright, active bird with a broad back, full breast, large full tail and a single comb. Welsummers have a docile and friendly personality. The famed Kellogg’s Rooster was a Welsummer chicken. The Welsummer roosters are glorious with their beautiful shades of red and black. They are a fast growing bird and a very rare breed here in the United States. Admitted to the American Standard of Perfection in 1991.
PLEASE NOTE: Availability chart is updated weekly and does not reflect the availability of in-store poultry and does not represent a guarantee of shipping date.
We hatch/ship February - September of each season. See Calendar.
In the checkout process, please indicate in the comment section your desired hatch/ship date with desired month or ASAP.
There is an additional small order fee ($20) charged for orders of only 3-14 poultry. We do not ship less than 3 poultry.
- Poultry Show Class: Continental Class
- Weights: Hen -------6 lbs Rooster----7 lb
Pullet-------5 lbs Cockerel---6 lbs
- Purpose and Type: Dark Egg Laying; Production
- Egg Shell Color: Dark Brown Egg
- Egg Production: 200-280 eggs per year (estimates only, see FAQ)
- Egg Size: Medium-Large
- Temperament: Active
- Gender Accuracy: 85-90%
- Fertility Percentage: 60-75%
- Broody: Variable
- Mating Ratio: 9 Females to 1 Male
- Roost Height: 2 to 4 feet
- Country of Origin: Holland
- APA: Yes, Recognized by the Standard of Perfection in 1991.
- ALBC: Not Listed
- Breeder Farm Source: Cackle Hatchery® Poultry Breeding Farm has been developing our bloodline/strain of pure Welsummer since 1998.
Lovely chickens Review by Marit, TX
I have had my Welsumers (this is how it is spelled in Dutch) for about two and a half year now. They are a lovely breed of chickens, smart, easy-going, and affectionate in their own way (they will follow me around and talk to me). They are also withstanding the Texas summers better than I'd expected. Their prolific layers and their eggs are very diverse, one lays a really dark brown one, almost red, while another one lays a lighter brown egg with really big dark spots. I have three of them, this year one got broody but the other two kept laying through the summer. I would definitely recommend this breed for their eggs as well as their temper. (Posted on 8/18/2018)
Thanks! Review by angel
I would like to take the time and thank Cackle Hatchery. My chicks arrived and all alive and healthy. I can say that I will not order from anyone but you. I've ordered from other hatcheries and not the same satisfaction that I have with Cackle. Thank you so very much. Will always have my business. Your the #1 best of all. (Posted on 8/8/2018)
Still going strong! Review by Brenda
I ordered 10 welsummers thru our local feed store that purchased them from Cackle Hatchery. Three years later, they are all still healthy, happy and laying dark brown eggs like champions! (Posted on 1/28/2018)
Cackle Welsummer Review by Wlbryce
Best chickens we have ever raised, our girls are now 9 years old and still laying everyday.
Just found our receipt from 2008 when we purchased them from Cackle Hatchery.
Extremely hardy breed survives -30F winters here in Montana and are smart enough not to get killed when free ranging. (Posted on 6/1/2017)
Excellent Customer Service Review by Kal
I received my welsummer and speckled Sussex baby chicks and got two extra, thanks. The baby chicks arrived on time and healthy. Their customer service is excellent and quick shipment too. I will definitely order from them again in the future. Thank You! (Posted on 5/14/2017)
Welsumer chicks Review by James
Recently I order two differ breads of chicks from Cackle. The bread I wanted most was the Welsummer. Total number of chicks order = 15 number received = 17! All are healthy and beautiful. The service was very quick and when I had questions, the folks at Cackle Hatchery were spot on! Next project....Ducks for the pond! (Posted on 5/10/2017)
Very pleased! Review by Sonia
We ordered 6 Welsummers and received 7 on time and in excellent, healthy condition. We gave them water with electrolytes right away. Of the 5 breeds we had as chicks, the Welsummers were the most aggressive, pecking at other chicks' eyes, but after trying lots of suggestions online, they were fine again within a week. They are now about 5 months old and we still have all 7. They just began laying beautiful dark brown eggs, and we couldn't be happier with them! (Posted on 11/6/2016)
Very Pleased.... Review by Lynn S.
I ordered 20 pullets this past spring of 2016, all arrived healthy around April 20th. Hardy birds, I haven't lost a single one, although during an attempted predator attack, one 2 month old suffered a broken leg. We didn't give up on her, nor did she, and within a month she was rehab'd back to complete health ( can't even tell her leg was ever broken!). We did end up with 1 Rooster, and although at 5 months, he is already a handful, I am glad we have him ! This is a wonderful breed, and I am extremely pleased with the quality from this hatchery! (Posted on 9/27/2016)
So far so good . So cute! Review by Susan
Just received my 15 chicks. All are alive and eating and drinking Iike crazy. A few look like they may not make it ,kinda lifeless . Hoping they snap out of it. It's only been a couple of hours. May just be exausted. (Posted on 7/16/2016)
Smart breed! Review by Amelia Eggheart
I love my Cackle Welsummer and will be getting more! Not a lap chicken, but very smart, very social, very aware and lays beautiful speckled eggs. The base color is a light tan, but the speckles are dark brown and the density of 'specklage' determines the overall color of the egg, which means it varies day to day. My first layer at 26 weeks, consistent lay rate of 6 epw, large size eggs. Trainable, knows her name, does tricks for treats, can learn how to get into trouble, very fun. She's the "lateral lookout" of the flock and lets everyone know what's going on. Great feed to egg ratio. Like I said, I'm impressed and getting more! (Posted on 3/25/2016)
Thank You Review by Julie Missouri Aug 2015
Thank you for our order of chicks, as always they came fine and healthy. We appreciate all your advise and kindness. (Posted on 1/14/2016)
Cackle Hatchery Review by Keith Alabama June 2009
Just wanted to say the Welsummer chicks i ordered from you are doing fine. They arrived healthy and I haven't lost a single bird. i am well pleased and will order more in the future. (Posted on 12/18/2015)
Cackle Hatchery Review by Bryant, North Carolina June 2011
The chicks arrived safe and sound this morning. The Post Master called me at 6:55 AM this morning and told me the chicks had arrived. Thank you very much, I was afraid they would be in bad shape or possibly some had not made it due to the hot weather, however thank the Good Lord, they were all alive and seemed to be healthy. They went straight to their water and started eating before I came to work. All is fine. Again I appreciate your prompt and kind service. They are all well and fine this morning and I thank you and your personnel for the help. (Posted on 12/8/2015)
Attn: Customer Service Review by Kristen, Arkansas March 2012
I just wanted to let you know that I received the rest of my order of EE's and 5 Welsummers this morning and they look absolutely perfect. I just wanted to take a moment and let everyone know that I am one satisfied customer and you guys do a good business. You were generous with the amount of extras you put in my order and you very quickly resolved the mixup in my first shipment at no cost to me. Your service reps are always helpful and take care of any issues immediately. Special thanks to Sharyl in that department. You guys just keep doing what you do best and I will be telling my friends about you! (Posted on 12/4/2015)
Comment on Chicks Review by Karen, Florida March 2012
This will be the second year ordering from you. My husband and I are happy with the birds from last year and the chicks from this year. The Buff Orps are huge. I have recommended your hatchery on backyardchickens.com and anyone who asks about chicks. Thank you (Posted on 12/4/2015)
Cackle Customer Feedback Review by Doug, Oklahoma March 2012
I would like to tell you thank you very much for the healthy chicks. I ordered 50 Barred Rock and got 54, 25 Welsummer and got 27, 25 Cuckoo Marans and got 27, all got her alive and very active! THANK YOU!!! I will be a returning customer. (Posted on 12/2/2015)
Chick Order Review by Barbara, Missouri March 2013
Just got our order of chicks and they look wonderful! Thank you for the extra two chicks. I can hardly wait to see what I have They are drinking and eating and chirping happily in the brooder. Thank you for the great care you give in supplying these nice chicks. (Posted on 11/30/2015)
Chicks Review by Peggy Washington April 2013
My chicks arrived today. I am so very happy with them. They arrived no worse for the trip and immediately adjusted to their new surroundings. I've purchased chicks from other online hatcheries and yours seem more "alive" than the others. I'm very happy with them. (Posted on 11/30/2015)
They all arrived in good stead Review by WR Washington April 2014
They arrived in great shape and all alive! Thanks for the wonderful attitudes of everyone I talked and emailed with and for giving a care! God Bless Cackle Hatchery and may you have many more years of success. I know I will be ordering all my poultry from you guys from now on. Best regards (Posted on 11/10/2015)
Cackle Hatchery Review by Elmer Michigan January 2011
Received our chicks on the morning of the 10th. All fifteen were in great shape and are doing well. One of the silver laced Wyandottes pullets will attack my wife's finger every time she puts it near the feeder and wiggles it back and forth. We put a mark on her so we know it is always the same one. We hope to get our order in earlier next year for some Marans. Appreciate the good service. Thank you! (Posted on 11/10/2015)
Cackle Hatchery Review by Dawn Wisconsin May 2015
I am anxiously awaiting my chicks. I am so excited. It is my first time to have backyard chickens. I researched many hatcheries and found yours online. I was impressed and very much enjoyed your tutorial of the family business and history of the company. I also liked the videos of the different chicks and information given about the different varieties. I found that very helpful when choosing which varieties I wanted and would be best for us. (Posted on 11/10/2015)
My Order of Welsummer Chicks Review by Walter, Tennessee May 2014
I just wanted to let you know that all my chicks are doing great. I have not lost a one and we are going on two weeks this next Monday. They are really super active and are eating like little pigs. Thanks, (Posted on 11/9/2015)
Cackle Hatchery Review by Scott Missouri April 2014
I wanted to drop you a line to let you know that my birds arrived safe and sound in addition to being a day earlier than projected. There was 100% survival including the two extras, so that was a bonus. I am pleased with the service Cackle provides. You were quick to response to my emails (usually the same day) and the customer service reps are polite and helpful, even going as far as to assist in choosing an alternate breed for one that was not available so that I could retain my original shipping date. I will be using Cackle for my future orders. Many thanks, (Posted on 11/6/2015)
Chicks Review by Alonzo California Sept2014
Thank you so much! Cackle hatchery is the best! I will definitely be recommending to my friends. (Posted on 11/5/2015)
Order Review by Bryant North Carolina May 2011
Thank You Mrs Smith. The chicks arrived safe and sound this morning. The Post Master called me at 6:45 am this morning and told me the chicks had arrived. Thank you very much. i was afraid they would be in bad shape or possibly some had not made it due to hot weather, however, thank the Good Lord, they were all alive and seemed to be healthy. They went straight to their water and started eating before I came to work. All is fine. Sorry I bothered you all, I just was concerned about their shipping in hot weather and trusting they had not been misdirected to some other Post Office. Again, I appreciate your prompt and kind service. They are all well and fine this morning and I thank you and your personnel for the help. You have a very efficient group of personnel working for your Hatchery and I always appreciated their kind assistance. Also I trust you all have a pleasant week. (Posted on 11/4/2015)