Welsh Harlequins are a relatively new breed. They were developed by Leslie Bonnett in 1949 and were accepted into the American Poultry Association's Standard of Perfection in 2001. The breed originated with two mutant Khaki Campbells, which is the reason Welsh Harlequins are such good layers.
Almost any description you find of Welsh Harlequins will include the word "beautiful." They are fairly small but have gorgeous coloring. Though small, they have nicely balanced bodies, with wide-spaced legs.
Welsh Harlequins were first introduced to the US in 1968, but by the 1980s, there were only two small flocks. Breeders began importing adult birds to expand the gene pool. Some flock keepers with pasture suggest that Welsh Harlequins may be more susceptible to predators due to the combination of their light color and small size.
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