Silver Laced Wyandotte feathering

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by sunshine23, Dec 27, 2010.

  1. sunshine23

    sunshine23 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm just curious about the lacing on my SLW, she's 22 weeks now and her lacing is very irregular. Will her feathers still change to a better lacing pattern or is this it?
    She's a hatchery chick and I know they don't have the best lacing but is there hope?
    My GLW looks so much better than her

    Here she was 14 weeks but she doesnt look any different now

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    Her front feathers look really pretty but not her back

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  2. rodriguezpoultry

    rodriguezpoultry Langshan Lover

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    Unfortunately, birds that are bred more for production will not have the nice lacing of birds bred towards the show standard. Her feathering may improve with age, but will not look as even and she will not grow to be as large as standard-bred birds.
     
  3. Jaboyd2u

    Jaboyd2u Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I agree 110%! Albeit she is a pretty little thing she may have an outcross in her line... I can not remember exactly which breed is bred into the SLW but I have a friend that bought them from a hatchery some had rose combs and some single combs, they do not get as big as the Heritage Wyandotte's. Or Heritage breed birds in general. The Wyandotte from what I was told through reliable sources is not a very fertile breed that is the main reason for the out-cross. My father and I breed an raise heritage fowl once we dug a little deeper into chickens. I do not want anyone BLASTING me so I WILL say that SOME small time hatcheries do try and stay as close to standard as possible and it is possible to get very nice birds from said hatcheries but really in my opinion it is better to get from heritage pure line chickens. Below is our Light Sussex at only 5 months old none of the pictured hens are laying except for the one in the top left, the roo is also pretty young I believe he was 7 months in this photo. They are now a little bigger and laying.
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  4. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    The others are right in that her lacing won't improve much. The hatcheries don't really care how the lacing turns out or that her body type is all wrong for a wyandotte.
     
  5. sharol

    sharol Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My GLW, while a very pretty pullet, isn't laced very well either. She is also a hatchery chick. (edited to add) Oh, and she has a single comb.

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    This was December 1, 18 weeks or so.
     
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  6. sunshine23

    sunshine23 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the replies

    the other thing is that she has no comb, is this normal for a 22 week old?

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    Here's my GLW, I think her lacing is not that bad and I believe she has a rose comb, right?

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  7. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    She has a comb....a rose comb. As she gets closer to laying it will plump up and get red.
     
  8. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    I've honestly never seen a hatchery Wyandotte with good lacing, and the worst, I've never seen a Wyandotte with an even halfway decent body (sorry) - They should be plump, large, and round . . . They're anything but that. Especially their tails. Especially mine.

    And hey, at least yours don't have "lacing" as bad as mine. [​IMG] Take a look here at how bad hatchery stock gets:

    This girl is practically spangled -

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    This girl has so little white they're in strips -

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    And still, even the most decent lacing is very pointed, and the body. . . Wow. Look at that practically "2D" tail.

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    Also notice the excessive black "peppering" on the tail. (Besides the other fact that this is the saddest Wyandotte tail I've ever known)

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  9. sunshine23

    sunshine23 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Thanks Katy the SLW on your avatar is beautiful!
     
  10. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    Quote:Thanks Katy the SLW on your avatar is beautiful!

    Thanks.
     

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