The Welsh Harlequin duck was created by Group Captain Leslie Bonnet who discovered a colour mutation among his flock of Khaki Campbells at his house in Hertfordshire in 1949. Bonnet began breeding selectively for the trait and he first named them Honey Campbells. This was later changed to Welsh Harlequins when Bonnet moved to a farm in North Wales around 1950 with his family. Bonnet claims in his 1960’s book “Practical Duck Keeping” that a flock would lay on average over 300 eggs per duck, per year. Tragically, in 1968, a fox destroyed most of Bonnet’s flock of Welsh Harlequins but another breeder, Eddie Grayson, who had some of the original Welsh Harlequins, crossed them with the original strain of Khaki Campbells, reviving the breed and stabilising the colour form. The Welsh Harlequin was first admitted to the British Standards in 1997 and the American Poultry Association Standard of Perfection in 2001. Breed Details: Weight classification: Lightweight breed. Purpose: Dual purpose. Great egg layer. Plucks clean. Brooding: Welsh Harlequin hens will brood their own eggs. Eggs/year: 300+ Colour: Silver Phase <p> Gold Phase Pic by @duck&chickencrazy Pic by @richie1 Pic by @Theeggboxtoo Pic by @Wifezilla Pic by @Zombified BYC Reviews: https://www.backyardchickens.com/products/welsh-harlequin Breed Discussions: https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/124541/welsh-harlequin/0_30 https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/...breeding-or-want-to-breed-their-whs-talk/0_30 Do you own Welsh Harlequins? Are you a Welsh Harlequin breeder? If so, please reply to this thread with the your thoughts and experiences, including: · What made you decide to get this breed? · Do you own them for fun? Breeding? Some other purpose? · What are your favorite characteristics about this breed? · Post some pics of your birds; male/female, chicks, eggs, etc!