Different Wyandottes

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by wings, Jan 14, 2009.

  1. wings

    wings Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 11, 2009
    I am new to chicken-raising, and due to some unfortunate events, we have lost (or killed and eaten) 7/12 of our first flock of chickens. We are now left with 4 RIR pullets and 1 unknown rooster, all six months old.
    We will be ordering six more chickens from Murray McMurray. We live in Massachusetts, so we are going to get winter-hardy birds. (Barred Rocks and Wyandottes).

    Now to my question: is there a behavioral difference between Golden Laced Wyandottes and Silver Laced ones? I am one of three kids, both my sisters are under 10, so we need a docile and friendly breed of hen. Which one should I pick?
  2. 1mommahen

    1mommahen Love My Cluckin' Coop

    Mar 20, 2008
    Wings, don't know about GLW but I do have a SLW, Lacey and she's a big sweetheart and very curious![​IMG]
  3. chickenzoo

    chickenzoo Emu Hugger

    Love my SL and my BLR too...
  4. AtRendeAcres

    AtRendeAcres Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 23, 2007
    Clarion County
    Never had a wyandotte!

    Kid friendly breeds I have experience with:
    Plymouth Rock
    Orpington (I have heard from other people)
  5. nerfy

    nerfy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 4, 2008
    Western Illinois
    So sorry for your loss. I have a SLW and a GLW, both are sweet though the SLW is a bit more independent.
    There is always a pecking order though, regardless of what type of hen it is. My head hen is my BR. And she can be quite the wench, especially with the younger wyandottes.
    Honestly, I think in pretty much in many breeds, it depends on how much human contact they get, and their unique personalities.
    Good Luck!
  6. jossanne

    jossanne Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 11, 2008
    Gila, New Mexico
    I have a silver-laced and a golden-laced wyandotte, and I don't see any difference in their personalities. They are both fairly aloof, even though they've been handled a lot. They are tame and calm, though, and seem like they'll both be pretty good layers. Our youngest child is 6 years old, and they're no bother to him.

    As far as I'm concerned, the golden-laced is much prettier...
  7. wings

    wings Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 11, 2009
    Quote:I wanted to get some Orpingtons, but since I live in MA when it's cold, I decided that they might not do well in the cold weather. I can't do Silkies because they often go broody. Since Cochins have feathers on their feed, I can't do that, either...
  8. wings

    wings Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 11, 2009
    Quote:I would have to agree with you, handsomeness wise.
  9. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    I love my blue and BLRW wyandottes. Very calm friendly birds.
  10. big greg barker

    big greg barker Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 26, 2008
    central maine
    If you check through the posts on breeds, you will find a post that lists Henderson's breed chart. This chart lists Orpingtons as a cold hardy breed, and also a breed that lays eggs well as long as they have adequate light. A friend has a whole pile of Orps, and his are doing fine. They are friendly and gentle.
    I have Brahmas that are also docile and cold hardy, and are laying like crazy.
    My cousin has Barred rocks, which also are a cold hardy gentle breed. Hers are molting right now.
    BTW, we are all in Maine. Hope this doesn't confuse you. Good luck......

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