How do I know if a silver laced wyandotte is show quality?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by chick lovers, Aug 5, 2013.

  1. chick lovers

    chick lovers Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 7, 2013
    With my chickens.
    What makes a silver laced wyandotte show quality? I am looking into showing silver laced wyandottes but i have no clue what makes them show quality.
  2. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 24, 2013
    Well, there are a lot of things that make a good Silver-Laced Wyandotte. If you really want to know how a Silver-Laced Wyandotte should look, get the American Poultry Association Standard of Perfection. This book will not only tell you what a Wyandotte should look like, but it also contains information on all other showable breeds of chickens, ducks, geese, turkeys, and guinea fowl.

    However, I can tell you about some basic things that you need to look for in a Wyandotte; more specifically, a Silver-Laced Wyandotte.

    All Wyandottes should be round in shape, with a deep body, lots of fluff, a broad tail with lots of tail coverts, and a wide back. They should be fluffy, but not so fluffy that their hocks are hidden completely. The head of a Wyandotte should be broad, round, and large, with a short, nicely curved beak. The eyes should be full and prominent, and the wattles should be medium sized and well rounded, and smooth in texture. The comb should be a rose comb that follows the contours of the head, without any disqualifications like inverted spike. You want a Wyandotte to have moderately short legs, with even scaling and four straight toes. The wings of a Wyandotte should be medium in size, and the primary and secondary feathers should overlap properly when the wing is folded. All Wyandottes should appear massive.

    Silver-Laced Wyandottes need to have distinct lacing. You do not want a bird with "frostiness", which is when the black lacing shades out to a lighter color at the edge of the feather. Lacing should be complete and distinct on all feathers, No messy-looking, indistinct markings (called Mossiness) should be found in the center of each laced feather. The black parts of a Silver-Laced Wyandotte should be pure black; the white parts, pure white.

    Hope this helps! I would really suggest getting the Standard of Perfection. It is an essential book for a show person or a breeder.
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  3. chick lovers

    chick lovers Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 7, 2013
    With my chickens.
    Wow thats a lot of information and is greatly appreciated.
  4. mamabearsin

    mamabearsin Out Of The Brooder

    May 5, 2015
    Masury, Ohio 44438
    What is the best place to get this book?
  5. gun32gtr

    gun32gtr New Egg

    Feb 29, 2016
    i just found it on ebay
  6. kafernator

    kafernator Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 6, 2016
    Southwest, Michigan
    I have a hen that is a 2nd generation hatch chick. We do love her, and I was not hoping for her to be a "show quality" hen. However, when her comb came wasn't really a full comb...and for the longest time I thought she didn't have one and this was just a result of her poor breeding. Thanks to your reference of an "inverted spike", I realized immediately that this was the name of her flaw. : ) I know that may sound odd, but it is nice to know that it has a name. During the past few weeks, the remainder of the comb has started filling in, and she no longer looks like a unicorn. LOL Thanks for all the great info on the bird...the more the better for us newbies trying to get things right. I already knew she wasn't meant for breeding, but if at any time I have to sell her or rehome her, I can pass that on!

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