The Vorwerk originates from Hamburg, Germany around 1900 and was developed by the German breeder Oskar Vorwerk who gave his name to the breed. He developed them as good utility birds with belted markings combined with buff feathering rather than white. They were first shown in 1912 and are thought to have come from Lakenvelders, Orpingtons, Ramelslohers and Andalusians. The breed is rare and was almost lost after the Second World War.
Cubalaya - friendly, flighty, forage well & lay brown med. size eggs. average broody. calm , White tasty meat. Males 6 lbs., females 4 lbs. Slow growers. May not fully mature for 2-3 years. Rare,not easily available. Shallow gene pool. Lots of inbreeding. Status "threatened". Don't do well confined. Don't like being caught. Last in hen house at night. Originated in Philippians & brought to Cuba in the 1800's. Kept as dual purpose bird in Cuba, mainly ornamental in U.S.