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
Annoying to set up but worth it!
As everyone probably knows, having water always accessible to your chickens is important for their health, but also their egg production. In the south at least, a common issue is your waterer freezing up and having to bust it and re-fill it multiple times a day in the winter. It can be expensive and annoying to install, but a heated waterer is so worth it. It keeps the water from freezing and your flock will always have access to water on it. I only had mine give out on me a couple times over the course of 5-6 years and it saved me enough hassle that I'd consider it worth it..
From Jordan Paul 149 days ago
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