14 Week Old Hatchery Silver Laced Wyandotte *picture heavy*

Discussion in 'Pictures & Stories of My Chickens' started by ladyrsanti, Jul 2, 2012.

  1. ladyrsanti

    ladyrsanti Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 19, 2012
    When I went to purchase my chicks from a hatchery this spring, I was basing my selection on a few criteria. I wanted a mixed flock, good layers, a flock that was winter hardy for Mid-Michigan and I wanted beautiful birds. Therefore Silver Laced Wyandottes were high on my list. What I didn't know at the time is that the hatchery stock is not as beautifully patterned as small breeder's would be. So I was a little disappointed when I heard it and even more disappointed when they started to look all scraggly and like they would never get the pretty lacing that you see in most of the photos of mature birds on this forum. I was so disappointed, in fact, that I took very few pictures of them growing up; not nearly as many as I took of the other breeds. The Buff Orpingtons, Barred Rocks and Easter Eggers I had went directly from chick fluff to adult patterning. None of this in between stuff. It wasn't until weeks later that I read that they fill out a bit and the patterning would fall into place eventually. Looking at my own three birds, I couldn't imagine that would ever happen. They had all their feathers and they looked nothing like the pictures. But to my surprise and very suddenly, they developed their patterning from the outside in (meaning from the sides of the breast toward the center). I would say it started around week ten. Finally at week 14, they're patterns are mostly filled out and they have more growing to do so I suspect they will get even better. So if anyone out there is worried about their bird's patterning, give it time; it will come. They may not be show quality but pretty darn beautiful nonetheless. I will update as they get older.

    Here are some photos of the progression.

    5 Weeks (top bird)

    Seven Weeks

    Nine Weeks

    Ten Weeks

    14 Weeks - Flan, she has the lightest pattern

    Benedict, she has the darkest (can you tell it's hot?)

    The third, unnamed SLW, behind the other two in pattern development
  2. b.hromada

    b.hromada Flock Mistress

    They sure are pretty! [​IMG]
  3. SouthernChicka8

    SouthernChicka8 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 13, 2012
  4. gingerpeach22

    gingerpeach22 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 1, 2010
    Interesting series of development photos. I too have some of the same birds which have distinctive patterns at 12 weeks. Several are really becoming beautiful.
  5. theoldchick

    theoldchick The Chicken Whisperer Premium Member

    May 11, 2010
    You never know. Sometimes beauty comes a later on some birds. I've seen some teenage chickens that make you either laugh out loud, or silently pity the poor thing. Then a few week later are very nice looking birds.
  6. Chicken Frenzie

    Chicken Frenzie Chicken Whisperer

    Nov 2, 2010
    pretty!!! I'll go getsome pics of my year old SLW.
  7. Chicken Frenzie

    Chicken Frenzie Chicken Whisperer

    Nov 2, 2010
    Just kidding I couldn't catch her

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