The Wyandotte originated in the U.S. in the 1870's. Wyandottes were made in Massachusetts,...

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Breed Purpose
Dual Purpose
Climate Tolerance
Egg Productivity
Egg Size
Egg Color
Breed Temperament
Friendly, easily handled, calm, bears confinement well, quiet and docile
Breed Colors/Varieties
Golden laced, silver laced, colubian, buff, partrige, silver penciled, blue, and blue laced red
Breed Size
Large Fowl

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.

Wyandotte egg

Wyandotte chick

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:


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Pros: Beautiful, bold, friendly, good egg layers.
Cons: Don't necessarily blend in with their environment very well.
Wyandottes are a perfect size and have a great disposition. They are friendly and lay a good amount of eggs.
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April 17, 2020
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Pros: Sweet, beautiful, great layers
Cons: NONE!
These are great birds! Really recommend them!
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$5 dollars a chick.
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Pros: Colombian Wyandottes are SO beautiful. Mine is curious and happy.
Cons: Not super intelligent
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Thank You for the info! I had been considering just getting some hatchery birds. Glad I read your review! Thanks!
my wyandotte is exactly the opposite. she used to be loud but now she is quiet and she does not run away when i get close to her, only when i bend down to pick her up she nonchalantly walks away
That is a good to know. Come to think of it, I have never seen any of my Wynnies peck either. My BSL's are the same way. My bullies are my red production pullets.
is there really a difference or is that just maybe a coincidence ??? because i want more eggs and more broodiness
I had a similar thing happen with one of my four SLW's from Meyer. She is sort of marked like a Columbian but with black dots on the end of her feathers. I must have your pullet's sister! My other three girls have the normal lacing. None are what you'd call super friendly; at least when compared with my Buff Orpingtons.
I got them for the exact same reason! But to find they're sweet and sensitive is what i was hoping for! (i got them for eggs, but hoped for a few pet ones as well)
So nice to hear this... we getting our first chicks in March and one is a Silver-laced Wyandotte. I was looking for gentle breeds that would be good with our pre-schooler. So excited! :)
Mine are docile, and never try to peck, the Cochin and Brahmas are as well. The Cornish are my brats and probably wouldn't be great with little kids. Our Barred Rocks are a little pecky but mostly inquisitive. A friend of mine raises Silkies and Seramas; his daughter is about 4 years old and ALWAYS seems to be carrying around one of their chickens, it may just be a matter of the birds adapting. What other breeds are you getting?
I LOVE LOVE LOVE my SLW and GLWs. Yes, they are quieter birds. They are also nice heavy dual purpose, so the roosters are never bad. They are always good, whether in the yard or on the table. My hens lay lovely large brown eggs. They free range, so food consumption for me is about 100# a month for them and the ducks. They ducks waste more. But I w would recommend these fine birds to anyone who needs a quieter flock. And they are lovely to look at.
I like mine as far as laying but she picks the feathers out of several of my others and has ruined their feathers and tails....so I am not sure if I will get this kind again (SLW).
I just bought 5 SLW pullet chicks. I already have 2 Barred Plymouth Rocks ( 1 is a rooster), 1 Rhode Island Red and 2 Ameracaunas. I sure hope they don't pick on each other when I get them all together. I really like the BPR, but decided to try to SLW instead.
we got 5 pullets and 2 roos and we had them in a babygate pen and all but 2 pullets and 2 roos ( looking for a home for both roos) lived and the hen is really sweet

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