Wyandotte

Average User Rating:
4.10776/5,
  • Breed Purpose:
    Dual Purpose
    Comb:
    Rose
    Broodiness:
    Frequent
    Climate Tolerance:
    Cold
    Egg Productivity:
    Medium
    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, partrige, silver penciled, blue, and blue laced red
    Breed Size:
    Large Fowl
    APA/ABA Class:
    American
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    The Wyandotte aka American Sebright, were developed in the United states in the 1870’s, in and around the New York area. The first color developed was the Silver Laced variety and they were originally called American Sebrights. The name was changed to Wyandotte (after the indigenous Wyandot people), when they were admitted into the APA in 1883. They were exported to Europe around the same time.

    Wyandottes are a calm breed in general and have very nice temperaments. They are good with people and generally get along well in a mixed flock. They are decent foragers, though they do not tend to wander far and are not good flyers. They are extremely cold hardy. The hens are good layers of light brown eggs, good winter layers, will set, and are good mothers. The cockerels make a good table bird. Today they are an extremely popular dual purpose breed and very popular among small flock owners looking for a colorful winter layer.

    They have a flat rose comb and bright red face. Today they come in many feather colors and patterns, with over thirty found in Europe, the beautiful Blue Laced Red and Silver Laced are probably the two most popular colors in general. They are very popular as exhibition birds. Many breeds have been used to produce the Wyandotte we know today, including Brahma, Cochin, Hamburg, and Plymouth Rocks. They are also found in bantam size.

    It was removed from The Livestock Conservancy's Priority list in 2016 and is no longer considered endangered.

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    Wyandotte egg

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    Wyandotte chick

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    Wyandotte juvenile

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    Wyandotte rooster and hens

    For more info on Wyandottes and their owners' and breeders' experiences, see our breed discussion here:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/threads/chicken-breed-focus-wyandotte.1135563/
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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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Recent User Reviews

  1. Featheredfluffs
    5/5,
    "Best FluffButts ever!"
    Pros - Incredibly curious, interactive, loving, doglike, love foraging
    Cons - Do not like to be penned up
  2. Katu
    4/5,
    "Cute little babies!"
    Pros - - Great with other chickens
    - Friendly
    - Adorable
    - Trusting
    Cons - - Wil bite skin when feeding treats (So wear gloves!)
    - Greedy
    At our home, We own four barred wyandottes in our backyard. They are very trusting and friendly with other chickens. Due to their small size they will do good with other small breeds like a silkie. Though I suggest you do wear gloves when giving them treats because they will sometimes bite your skin which really darn hurts, and are a bit greedy too! but despite that this are the sure to be your future best friends!
    mudgrl92 likes this.
  3. TheWickedChicken
    4/5,
    "Beautiful, fairly friendly birds"
    Pros - Good layers, pretty
    I have 4 SLW hens which I raised from chicks. All are hatchery quality birds and do not conform to breed standard. They are smaller, less rounded, with incorrect lacing. They are still very pretty and soft and I am not concerned with show quality-ness.

    Pros:
    • Great egg production
    • Good tolerance of Texas hill country winters
    • Beautiful to look at
    • Pretty friendly, will let you pick them up though they don't like it
    • Great foragers
    Cons:
    • Can be noisy
    • Don't appear to be very predator savy
    • Seem to overheat easily, though they adapt well
    • Completely denuded the yard of plants over winter. Successful regrowth required putting them elsewhere to graze
    Overall, I'm very happy with my birds. These have been my first chickens and I purchased 3 more GLW chicks to add to the flock this Spring. Hoping the new chicks turn out just as nice as my Silvers.
    mudgrl92 and madisonjh95 like this.

User Comments

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  1. stellaginger
    I have one Silver Laced in my flock and she really is such an active (bossy) bird. They are so pretty but I don't know about this ones personality. Are they all like this?
  2. mudgrl92
    I am excited to get some of these for my coop!!! Adorable!
  3. Chook to chook
    Our Silver Laced is a solid layer. She gets along nicely with the other gals and is a good flock member. She isn't full of personality or our best layer but her mellow disposition and ability to tolerate handling makes her a good addition to our well rounded flock.
  4. Paulaaswan
    I have 2 Golden Lace, They are so beautiful, soft and friendly. I don't find them noisy at all. I bought them at a auction. I paid $17 for one and $27 for the other one.
  5. ByrdFeathers
  6. hempsteadjb
    I have a Blue Laced Red Wyandotte and we named her Miss Bossy! Do not disturb her in the laying box, she gets very loud and irritated...and she lets everyone know when she lays an egg.
      Bonnie sue likes this.
  7. Tami Lyons
    I just picked up my 2 Wyandottes 1 silver laced and the other golden, I've only had them 3 weeks and they are the most adorable little girls.
      Bonnie sue and hempsteadjb like this.
  8. chickenmeadow
    Just ordered 2 Silver Laced Wyandotte pullets from the Grange. Their arrival date coincides with the broody hatch next week to slip under the hen at night & wanted to add some color pattern excitement to my flock of Ameraucanas & Black Australorps that make a perfect hot & cold weather layer combination for year around laying. Looking forward to seeing how the Wyandottes will be as layers. The color pattern brings back fond & comical memories of my Seabrites years ago. The description above looks great for my group, thanks BYC for the lovely pics & info on all the breeds.
      Bonnie sue likes this.
  9. SAMnELLA
    I have 4 silver laced, and really like them.
  10. Taunya
    I just got one to keep company with my lonely little rescue game hen. And it was the perfect choice. She's so calm it's really helping.
      Bonnie sue and WhatAboutBob? like this.

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