Developed in Germany in 1900 by Oskar Vorwerk this is a medium size attractive bird that thrives quite happily on smaller rations than many other breeds of the same size. Imported into Britain about twenty years ago when Mrs Wallis of Arundel wanted tro form a club for the breed . Vorwerk Chicken’s are alert and active but not timid. They make an ideal utility and backyard bird as they lay well. Bantams are recent imports and many are having fertility problems at the moment possibly due to a small gene pool.
Characteristics: Vorwerk Chickens are very good at foraging for food and make excellent birds for farmyards and smallholdings. They are happy free ranging but don’t mind being confined in a run at all. They are alert, busy birds with fairly small appetites and chicks are fast growers which mature quickly. However, they are good fliers and can fly around 6 feet so adequate fencing should be provided. The hens lay a good number of white-shelled eggs and will continue to lay throughout the winter. They are easy to tame and are not at all shy. The males are tolerant of each other and you can keep more than one cockerel.
- Standard Weights: Cock-7-1/2 pounds; hen-4-1/2 pounds; cockerel-5-1/2 pounds; pullet-3-1/2 pounds.
- Egg Shell Color: White
- Use: Egg Producer
- Origin: Germany
Interested in raising chickens, but not sure which breed might be right for you?
Things to consider:
Geography: Consider geography when selecting a breed. In cooler areas of the country, consider raising heavier birds. In hotter areas, consider lighter weight birds. Some birds have been specially breed for cold climates. Consider these birds if you live in a cold-climate area.
Space: Where will you be raising these chickens? Do you have a lot of farm land for the animals to be raised on, or are you planning to raise them in your backyard? If you have a small space in which to raise the birds, choose breeds with a calmer temperament and avoid birds that are listed as active. Active birds will not be happy in close confinement.
Temperament: When choosing a breed, consider temperament. Some breeds are calmer than others. If raising chickens in a backyard or in the city, you may prefer a calmer breed.