I want to buy for egg color- speckled preferred, and friendly personality would be nice as I have small children. I've been doing searches on BYC trying to determine who to watch auctions on but not having a lot of luck. I don't plan on showing, just want pretty eggs and nice birds. I am also open to buying Marans eggs, but I really love the speckled ones that seem to be a trademark of the Welsummer. One last question- are all welsummers loud? That's my only worry, my neighbors who have been patient with my EE hens eggsong, which can be loud but doesn't last more than 3 minutes, but they have an ongoing fight with some other neighbors who have two dogs that bark for hours at a time so I don't want to add to their problems. I don't think they mind if the eggsong is sporadic, the dog barking thing is non-stop hours on end. PS if it helps I'm in Southern California.