Wyandotte

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Pros: Small comb for extreme cold climate tolerance, great layers, good mothers, gentle, colorful, good dual purpose

Cons: None!

Wyandottes come in an amazing variety of colors, the Silver Laced and Blue Laced Red  being my favorite colors. These wonderfully sweet tempered, dual purpose birds, can be confined or raised to free range, they are adaptable, thrifty, predator savy, and their mellow laid back personality allows them to mingle in a mixed flock, and be a pet as well!

Alot depends on how they are raised, the more contact you have with them the more social they are with you, my six, plus rooster all want to be in my lap! And you will always have the occasional biddy, in any breed, but for the most part these birds are outstanding birds! These are not the first Wyandottes, I have had, I have had several flocks over the years, and have consistantly seen the same birds everytime! 

They lay nice large brown eggs, will brood and raise their chicks, requiring little intervention, and the chicks are the sweetest, mellowist of all that I have raised! Being dual purpose, they provide meat for the table as well, though I dare ya to butcher one, they have a way of winning your heart, lol! Excellent farm, 4H, homestead, or backyard bird. Their beauty and mellow nature, makes them great town birds, neighbors enjoy seeing these striking birds! Another of our American birds, they would be a fine addition to any flock!

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Pros: Beautiful and easy to keep

Cons: None so far

 We ordered 4 from McMurray Hatchery, along with 4 Rhode Island Reds, 4 Buff Orpingtons, 2 Buff Rocks and we got two Roosters, one being the exotic.  Being raised together, we don't have any problems.  They are strong hearty birds, good layers and friendly. They free range during the day and put themselves into the coop at sundown where I lock them up from predators, we have foxes here in Utah.  They were afraid to walk on the snow at first and preferred our horse barn, but since it's their first winter, I expected hesitations.  Love them and would recommend them.

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Pros: beautiful bird, very friendly, often broody

Cons: cant think of a single con

we had a flock of about 30 wyandottes, such beautiful colors, many different patterns, cold hardy birds, our Rooster 'Sarge' was HUGE and he was such a good boy who protected his girls, extremely friendly and social

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Pros: Beautiful, friendly, healthy, hearty chickens

Cons: Have seen no negative aspects to these chickens...I love them!

wee.gifWow, I am impressed at 4 months of age my Hen "Fly Girl" has laid an egg three out of 4 consecutive days, and she's out there clucking away as I type...I am so pleased with this breed! I have a flock of 10 hens and two roosters...they were incubator chicks and my two roosters have lived peacefully together no fighting, I guess cause they were raised together from birth...can't say enough about these chickens, glad I chose them...

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Pros: Good egg layer, bears confinement well, winter hardy, friendly.

Cons: Hard to find around here, especially different colours.

I bought Silver Laced Wyandotte fertilized eggs in the mail (from across the country) and hatched myself. They are good egg layers, bear confinement well, winter hardy, and friendly. They are great because they also can be found in several varities (colours) and even in Bantam size. These were my first breed. Still one of my favourites.

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Pros: Friendly, easy-care, fine layer of almost brown eggs, great mother

Cons: Not popular down south (don't know why)

     The Wyandotte bantams I've kept over the years have convinced me they're the most versatile chicken around. While not popular in the south except maybe for show purposes, the Wyandotte is a friendly, no-nonsense bird, a fine layer of almost brown eggs, and probably the world's best mother (except for maybe the games). If you want a hen that will set eggs for you ("go broody"), you can't beat a Wyandotte bantam.  They can be convinced not to set, however. They're also totally cute.

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Pros: They are beautiful, friendly, cold hardy, great layers, tend to be high on the pecking order...

Cons: There are none that i can think of...

I have one Silver Laced Wyandotte, her name is Lydia. She is beautiful, and she lays nice big eggs. One of my favorite moments with her was when she was a baby, she always climbed onto my head:love. They are cold-hardy, and nice. They are a great breed.

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Pros: Good layers, amazing feathers (Goldens especially)

Cons: Can be aggressive to humans/other chickens

Wyandottes are very beautiful birds, and pretty good layers. Our first Wyandotte was a golden laced hen named "David." (We thought she was a roo at first and the name stuck). While this probably had something to do with the fact that we hatched her and raised her by herself, she became aggressive to us right about when she started laying eggs. We considered rehoming her, but didn't in the end because she was killed by a bear before we could.

Now we have a GLW and a SLW, bought as 8 wk. olds a few days ago, and they are great. The golden (named Shawn [no, she isn't a roo, I just wanted to name something Shawn and my roo is already named...]) is less friendly than the silver (Betty) but they are both pretty willing to be handled. However, I definitly would say that they are aggresive to the other chickens. Not crazy, I-will-kill-you aggressive, but I wouldn't keep them with any super-submissive breeds unless they had a lot of space.

All in all, they are a great breed that is perfect if you are looking for something great for laying eggs and also amazingly beautiful, but I would not suggest them to anyone without at least a year of chicken experience.

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Pros: Great layers, Beautiful colour, fantastic temperament

 

We have two Gold laced and they are fantastic. Just on point of lay and providing at least one egg a day each. Have had to change laying boxes around a few times due to severe weather lately and they haven't stopped laying once. Great with our kids and lovely and plump. Highly recommended 

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Pros: Beautiful and big.

Cons: Skiddish, broody, loud

I had a lot higher hopes for my blue laced red... She was late to deliver eggs,  has already gone broody twice in two months since starting to lay.  She is obnoxiously loud all day, hates to be held, and is very skittish and can be very mean sometimes.  

The only Pro is that she is nice and big and has very beautiful feathers. However, the beauty does not even come close to making up for attitude and the hassles with this one.

 

I have a Buff O and Golden Sex Link and they love to be held, will come up to you all day long, and are great layers.

Wyandotte
Description:

The Wyandotte originated in the U.S. in the 1870's. Wyandottes were made in Massachusetts, Michigan, and New York by 4 breeders. They were first called American Sebrights. they were made of mostly Sebrights and Cochins, experts agree that Brahmas and Spangled Hamburgs were used in making the breed.

Details:
DetailValue
Breed PurposeDual Purpose
CombRose
BroodinessFrequent
Climate ToleranceCold
Egg ProductivityMedium
Egg SizeLarge
Egg ColorBrown
Breed TemperamentFriendly,Easily handled,Calm,Bears confinement well,Quiet,Docile
Breed Colors/VarietiesGolden laced, silver laced, colubian, buff, partrige, silver penciled, blue, and blue laced red
Breed SizeLarge Fowl
APA/ABA ClassAmerican
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Chicken Breed Info:

Breed Purpose: Dual Purpose
Comb: Rose
Broodiness: Frequent
Climate Tolerance: Cold

General Egg Info:

Egg Productivity:  High to Med
Egg Size: Large
Egg Color: Brown

Breed Temperament:

Friendly,Easily handled,Calm,Bears confinement well,Quiet,Docile

Breed Colors / Varieties:

Golden laced, silver laced, colubian, buff, partridge, silver penciled, blue, blue laced red, black

Breed Details:

Wyandottes are very good egg layers even in winter! they make a good table bird, and a dressed Wyandotte is nearly proportional to a modern Cornish rock X. the most common colors of Wyandottes are Colobian and silver laced. Wyandottes are often showed, they make up most of the bantam clean leg class at shows! wyandottes are very docile and mellow, my 5 week old will fall asleep in my hands if i pick her up! she is soooooo friendly! she loves to be pet! i HIGHLY recomend this breed!

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