The Welsummer breed has been around since the early 1900s and was brought from its home country of the Netherlands to the United States for its large dark-brown eggs. Although it is a hybrid chicken, it is also recognized by the APA. Welsummers are moderate layers, but they are very hardy and great at pest control. They are also generally good-natured and not very good at flying, so they are a good option for backyard homesteads.