Welbar

Origin:  British

Classification:  Light

Egg Colour:  Brown

General Characteristics:

Male

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 close to side. Tail fairly large and full, carried high, but not squirrel. Abdomen long, deep and wide.

Head:  Refined. Beak strong, short and deep. Eyes large, bright. Comb single, medium size, firm and upright, free from any twists or excess, clear of the nostrils, fine texture, five to seven broad and even serrations, the back following closely, but not touching line of the skull and neck. Face smooth and without overhanging eyebrows. Ear-lobes small and almond shaped. Wattles of medium size, fine texture, close together.

Neck:  Fairly long, slender at top, finishing with abundant hackle.

Legs and Feet:  Thighs to show clear of the body. Shanks of medium length and bone, well set apart, free from feathers with soft sinews and free from coarseness. Toes, four, long straight and well spread out.

Plumage:  Tight, silky, free from excess or coarseness and free from bagginess at the thighs.

Handling: Compact, firm and neat in bone throughout.

Female

The general characteristics are similar to those of the male, allowing for the natural sexual differences.

Colour

The Silver

Male plumage: Head silver. Hackles silver, black ticking permissible. Back, shoulders, covers and wing bow silver. Wings coverts (or bar) black barred; primaries and secondaries, inner web black barred, outer web silver. Tail black barred. Breast black barred with silver mottling.

Female plumage: Head and hackle silver with black striping barred with white. Breast salmon. Back and wing bow and bar, light grey, faintly barred, free from salmon smudges. Primaries and secondaries, outer web silver, coarsely stippled with dark grey, inner web dark and faintly barred. Tail dark grey and faintly barred.

The Gold

Male plumage: Head gold. Hackles gold, black ticking permissible. Back, shoulder coverts and wing bow gold. Wing coverts (or bar) black barred,; primaries and secondaries, inner web black barred, outer web gold. Tail black barred. Breast black barred with gold mottling.

Female plumage: Head and hackle gold with black striping barred with white. Breast rich salmon. Back and wing bow and bar mid-grey, faintly barred, free from salmon smudges. Primaries and secondaries, outer web gold coarsely stippled with dark browny grey, inner web brown-grey and faintly barred. Tail brown-grey and faintly barred.

In both sexes: Beak yellow, eyes red. Comb, face, ear-lobes and wattles bright red. Legs and feet yellow.

Standard weights:           Cock 6 ½ – 7 ½  lb;             Female  5 -6  lb.

Scale of points

Type 30
Colour 20
Head 20
Legs 10
Condition 10
Weight 10
100

Serious Defects:   Side sprigs to the comb. White in lobe. Feathers on the legs, hocks or between the toes. Comb other than single. Other than four toes. Gold feathers on the silver male. Legs other than yellow. Badly crooked or duck toes. Any bodily deformity. Coarseness, beefiness and anything that interferes with the productiveness and general utility of the breed.

BANTAM

Bantam Welbars should follow exactly the standard for the large fowl.

Weights

Male 32 oz          Female 26 oz

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Welbar Cock – Bantam

Pictured right is a Welbar Bantam Pullet

both pictures courtesy of Philcott Poultry

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