THE WELSUMMER CLUB
THE WELSUMMER CLUB|
Classification: Light: Soft feather
Egg Colour: Deep red-brown
Named after the village of Welsum, this Dutch breed
has in its make-up such breeds as the Partridge Cochin, Partridge Wyandotte and
Partridge Leghorn and still later the Baraevelder and the Rhode Island Red. In
1928, stock was imported into this country from Holland, in particular for its
large brown egg, which remains its special feature, some products being mottled
with brown spots. It has distinctive markings and colour, and comes into the
light breed category, although it has good body-size. It enters the medium
class in the country of its origin. Judges and breeders work to a Standard that
values indications of productiveness, so that laying merits can be combined
| CARRIAGE: Upright, alert and active. TYPE: Body well
built on good constitutional lines. Back broad and long. Breast full, well
rounded and broad. Wings moderately long, carried closely to the sides. Tail
fairly large and full, carried high, but not squirrel. Abdomen long, deep and
HEAD: Symmetrical, well balanced, of fine quality without coarseness, excess or
exaggeration. Skull refined, especially at back. Beak strong, short and deep.
Eyes keen in expression, bold, full, highly placed in skull and standing out
prominently when viewed from front or back; pupils large and free from
defective shape. Comb single, of medium size, firm upright, free from any
twists or excess around nostrils, clear of nostrils and of fine, silky texture,
five to seven broad and even serrations, the back following closely but not
touching the line of the skull and neck. Face smooth, open and of silky
texture, free from wrinkles or surfeit of flesh and without overhanging
eyebrows. Ear lobes small and almond shaped. Wattles of medium size, fine and
silky texture and close together.
NECK: Fairly long, slender at top but finishing with abundant hackle.
LEGS AND FEET: Thighs to show clear of body without loss of breast. Shanks of
medium length, medium bone and well set apart, free from feathers and with soft
pliable sinews, free from coarseness. Toes, four, long, straight and well
spread out, back toe to follow in straight line, free from feathers between
PLUMAGE: Tight, silky and waxy, free from excess or coarseness, silky at
abdomen and free from bagginess at thighs.
HANDLING: Compact, firm and neat bone throughout.
| The general characteristics are similar to those of
the male, allowing for the natural sexual differences. Handling: Pelvic bones
fine and pliable; abdomen pliable; flesh and skin of fine texture and free from
coarseness; plumage sleek; abdomen capacious, but well supported by long breast
bone and not drooping; general handling of a fit, keen and active layer.
| Head and neck, rich golden brown. Hackles rich golden
brown as uniform as possible, free from black striping. Back, shoulder coverts
and wing bow bright red-brown. Wing coverts black with green sheen forming a
broad bar; primaries (out of sight when wing is closed), inner web black, outer
web brown; secondaries, outer web brown, inner web black with brown peppering.
Tail (main) black with a beetle green sheen; coverts, upper black, lower black
edged with brown. Breast black with red mottling. Abdominal and thigh fluff
black and red mottled.
| Head golden brown. Hackle golden brown or copper, the
lower feathers with black striping and golden shaft. Breast rich chestnut red
going well down to lower parts. Back and wing bow reddish brown, each feather
stippled or peppered with black specks (i.e. partridge marking), shaft of
feather showing lighter and very distinct. Wing bar chestnut brown; primaries,
inner web black, outer brown; secondaries, outer web brown, coarsely stippled
with black; inner web black, slightly peppered with brown. Abdomen and thighs
brown with grey shading. Tail black, outer feathers pencilled with brown.
SILVER DUCKWING: MALE
| Head, neck and hackles white. Breast, black with white
mottling. Back, shoulder coverts and wing bow white. Wing primaries, flight
feathers (out of sight as wings closed), inner web black, outer web white;
secondaries, outer web white, inner web black, with white peppering, coverts
black with green sheen forming a broad bar across primaries. Main black with
beetle green sheen; coverts, upper black, lower black, edged with white.
Abdominal and thigh fluff, black with white mottling.
SILVER DUCKWING: FEMALE
|Head and skull, silvery white. Hackle, silvery white
and lower feathers with black striping and white shaft. Breast, salmon red or
robin red. Back and wing bow, silvery grey, each feather stippled or peppered
with black specks (i.e. partridge marking), shaft of feather showing light and
very distinct. Wing bar, silvery grey; primaries, inner web black, outer web
white; secondaries, outer web white, coarsely stippled with black, inner web,
black, slightly peppered with white. Abdomen and thighs silvery grey. Tail
black, outer feathers pencilled with white. |
IN BOTH SEXES AND COLOURS
|Beak yellow or horn. Eyes red. Comb, face, ear lobes
and wattles bright red. Legs and feet yellow. Undercolour dark slate grey.
STANDARD WEIGHTS, LARGE FOWL
| Cock 7lb, Cockerel 6lb, Hen 6lb, Pullet 4½ to
51b. These weights should be taken as minimum Standards.
SCALE OF POINTS
||Handling, Size & Productivenes|
||Legs and Feet|
SERIOUS DEFECTS: Comb other than single or with side sprigs. White in lobe,
excessive white in plumage. Feather on legs, hocks or between toes. Other than
four toes. Striping in neck hackle or saddle of male. Absolutely black or whole
red breast in the male. Salmon breast in the female. Legs other than yellow.
Badly crooked or duck toes. Any body deformity. Coarseness, beefiness and
anything which interferes with the productiveness and general utility of the
|Welsummer Bantams are to be miniatures of the large
fowl and so the standard for the large applies.
STANDARD WEIGHTS, BANTAMS: The:weights set out in the British Poultry Standards
are: Male 36 oz, Female 28 oz. At present, more realistic maximum weights are
Male 48 oz, Female 40 oz. All things being equal, the smaller bird is the
WELSUMMER CLUB EGG STANDARD
| The Welsummer Club adheres to the Poultry Club
Standard and scale of points for judging eggs. Size: Exhibition Welsummer eggs
should be of good size
| Colour: A rich, deep red-brown, as dark as
possible. Some products are speckled and occasionally blotched. Glossy eggs are
produced but the matt egg is the preferred.
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