Westfalische Totleger

A Silver Pencilled Westfalische Totleger cockerel
Photo courtesy of Ulrich Battige

The Westfalische Totleger is an old German breed which at one time was kept by farmers across Germany, although it is not seen much today. Its name translated literally into English means "Westphalian Deathlayer," which the breed earned as the hens supposedly kept on laying almost until they died. They are good layers of white eggs. They are said to be very nervous and do best on range, tho' they tend to sleep in the trees if they can.

The birds are found in both Silver and Gold Pencilled and sport rose combs. They are related to several northwest European breeds, including the Braekel, which they resemble closely except for their rose combs. Roosters weigh around 2kg (5 pounds) and hens about 1.5kg (3 3/4 pounds).


A trio of Silver Laced Totlegers
Photo courtesy of Lukas Ruetz

A Gold Pencilled cockerel and a close-up of his head.
Photos courtesy of Andrea Fasch

A small group of pullets
Photo courtesy of Ulrich Battige

More pullets
Photos courtesy of Tanja Walter

A Gold Pencilled pullet
Photo courtesy of Nikolai Ahlbrecht

Another Silver Laced pullet
Photo courtesy of Lukas Ruetz

Another shot of the cockerel at the top of the page
Photo courtesy of Ulrich Battige

Another Gold Pencilled pullet
Photo courtesy of Andrea Fasch

More Totleger roosters
Photo courtesy of Lukas Ruetz

A Totleger chick
Photo courtesy of Tanja Walter


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