According to the Wyandotte Breeders of America, "The Wyandotte breed is named for a Native American tribe in New York State. It is one of the original American breeds developed in the 1800's along with the Dominiques, Plymouth Rocks, and Rhode Island Reds. The original Wyandotte was the Silver Laced variety developed in New York in 1865 and accepted in the APA Standard in 1883."
Types: Bantam, Largefowl
Varieties (Rosecomb): Black, Blue, Blue Laced Red, Buff, Buff Columbian, Columbian, Gold Laced, Partridge, Silver Laced, Silver Penciled, White, and more
Uses: Eggs, Meat, Ornamental
Personality: Confident, curious and social the Wyandotte makes a fine pet
Preferred climate: Cool
Handles confinement: Yes
Egg production: Very Good (4/week)
Egg color: Brown
Egg size: Extra Large
What else you should know:
The Wyandottes voluminous plumage can make it's feathers a highly desirable home for mites and lice. Be sure to check your birds for parasites, and treat if you find them. Also, feathers near the vent can trap mud and poop. So, this area may need cleaned with warm soapy water or trimmed.
silverlaced Wyandotte, excellent farmstead, Excellent foragers, cold weather, egg layers
henpecking, smallish egg, little flightier
red white partridge, golden laced wyandottes, chocolate cream partridge, gold wynadottes, Penciled
Wyandottes are a beautiful breed for your flock. Their impressive patterning and coloring make them a lovely addition to a mixed flock. They are a substantial looking bird because of the enormous amounts of feathers they have.
My Wyandotte looked like a hawk, so that was her name. She was a great egg layer, although she did go broody more than I would like. She was not the best at finishing the job. Once she hatched out a flock and then seemed completely lost as to what to do with the chicks. We ended up moving her chicks to another hen who had just hatched out a single chick.
She was not among the smartest birds in our flock, but her beauty and the number of eggs made up for any shortcomings. I would definitely recommend this breed and will probably own more myself in the future..
From starletblue Jun 24 2015 4:37PM
I've worked with this breed for many years. The current type I have are Silver Laced Wynadottes. I absolutely adore my flock of these gals.
•. They are great egg layers. Typical hens at their prime lay six eggs per week.
•. The size of the egg is large to extra large. Yolk is dark yellow and and moderately flavored with free range and organic scrap. All in all, egg flavoring is great!
•. They free range with ease, and when supplemented with organic scrap are quite large and plump. We've never used ours for meat, but in appearance alone I would think the meat would be quite tasty.
•. They are cold AND hot weather hardy. These are very versatile hens. We've owned them in Alaska and Hawaii and they've done exceptionally well in both climates.
•. They can be broody on occasion which suits our needs. From time to time we do like to have a hen hatch some eggs as we do not have an incubator. Broodiness has never in my experience been accompanied with aggressive behaviors.
•. They are HIGHLY social. I suppose this can be a negative too, as they have been pooping on our deck recently due to the desire to socialize with our family. But overall, this is an important quality for us as we have six children that are constantly hugging, toting around, and poking at the chickens. These ladies really enjoy the attention and literally beg to be let into our home... We do NOT allow them in...
•. They are very messy! This is true of all chickens. They do preen themselves quite well, but as they are highly social, they tend to spread excrement to areas one would rather they not.
•. They can be a bit noisy. Mine do not cluck all day, but when they are laying, thinking about laying, feeling hormonal, or when a mongoose frequently passes by they do sound off quite loudly and at length.
This is a breed I would HIGHLY reccomend for families who are looking for an easy going, well-natured breed that has high productivity..
From Anniecalkins May 22 2015 10:22PM
Great for eggs and meat, not that social.
This is a chicken which lays large eggs, this did come in handy. They also laid a lot of eggs, these eggs were very tasteful. I used to sell these at my farm, and i had a lot of satisfied customers. So this is a chicken for the ones who wants large and delicious eggs.
The reason of why I have a different breed right now is that these chickens were aggressive, they would not stop picking on someone even tho i parted them. After 2 days the wound would normally have healed, but after I put it back with the others it did not take long before it was all bloody again. That is why i had to put a lot of them down. The great thing about this chicken is that their meat tastes amazing, so if you're going to take one of them out it won't be a waste.
They were also not that social with humans, my chickens got pretty easily scared, so I could not hold them or pet them. Overall a great breed for farmers..
From SanderHLL Jul 13 2015 11:31AM