The Welsummer is a relatively new breed, it was developed in the Ijssel-Valley in Holland in the early twentieth century. The breed takes its name from the village of Welsum. The Welsummer is an ideal breed for the newcomer to chicken keeping as it is very friendly and will thrive equally well weather it is kept free-range or in a closed run, it is thrifty in its eating habits and is very hardy making it far less likely to succumb to many of the health problems sometimes associated with other poultry breeds. The breed found today is remarkably stable in appearance, and many people refer to it as the ‘perfect-looking chicken’. They lay a moderate number of large terracotta colour eggs. Orchard poultry have got Welsummers available in two colours, the standard Gold Partridge colour and also the very rare Silver Duckwing colour.