American poultry hobbyists have come to love the remarkable convenience of autosexing chicken breeds: You can easily identify the gender of their offspring on the day they hatch, and this autosexing function is passed on generation after generation. Greenfire Farms has imported a number of great autosexing breeds including the Legbar (blue or green eggs) and the Bielefelder (light brown eggs). But, the one thing that was missing in the autosexing tool box was a breed that laid dark brown eggs. The wait is over! In 2017 Greenfire Farms will introduce the Welbar to the United States. The Welbar is a breed from the UK created by crossing the dark-egg-laying Welsummer with the Barred Plymouth Rock. For more than 75 years the Welbar has lived in relative obscurity in Britain; a breed struggling in the shadow of its flashier and better-known cousin, the Legbar. But, Welbars deserve their own group of avid fans. They lay beautiful dark brown eggs – eggs that rival Marans’ eggs in their lustrous visual appeal. And, the feather colors of the Welbar are striking. The Welsummer, itself a beautiful breed, is transformed into an even prettier bird by the barring gene in the Welbar. The Welbar breed is in danger of extinction and is designated as a High Priority by the Rare Breeds Survival Trust in the UK.