In recent years there has been a lot of praise about the quality of eggs from Welsummer eggs among food experts. The breed began in the village of Welsum in the eastern Netherlands at the beginning of the 20th century as a cross between five different breeds - Rhode Island Reds, Barnevelders, Partridge Leghorns, Cochins and Wyandottes. A docile breed with a rustic red and orange colour, they were first imported to the UK in 1928. There are three variations of Welsummer: the Partridge, Silver Duckwing and Gold Duckwing. They lay lovely, large dark brown eggs and the pigment can actually be rubbed off. They are friendly and easily handled birds, who love to forage.