Silver Laced Wyandotte - I'm supposed to be a hen, but ???

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Alisa, Jun 25, 2008.

  1. Alisa

    Alisa New Egg

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    Mable our 8 week old Silver Laced Wyandotte has us confused. We thought she was a she, but she made a terrible noise the other morning - like an attempt to crow, but it came out more like, well a chicken being strangled. It only a couple times the other day and nothing since, though now looking at "her" wondering. I would love to hear the thoughts of more experienced folks, as we are newbies!
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  2. Mrs MIA

    Mrs MIA Chick Magnet

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    [​IMG] I'm sorry... that sure looks like a roo to me...
     
  3. freerange freaks

    freerange freaks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I definately agree cockeral. But, forgive me if I am wrong, isn't a Wyandotte suppose to have a rose comb?
     
  4. Alisa

    Alisa New Egg

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    Quote:I bought what was supposed to be a Silver Laced Wyandotte and a Cuckoo Maran along with a few others who are easily identified. The Maran (another rooster suspect in my other posting) is all black with a tiny spot of white. Is this not a Wyandotte? Then what is Mable or well I guess Max?
    Thanks!
     
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  5. Chickndaddy

    Chickndaddy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 26, 2007
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    Here is an "interesting" article (if rather lengthy) on Wyandottes. It would seem that straight combed breed were used in the foundation of the breed which would make it entirely probable that even today Wyandotte flocks can throw straight combed chicks.

    A bit of the article:

    "The original Wyandotte was the Silver Laced variety. Its origins are somewhat uncertain. Some writers suggest that the Dark Brahma was used in the early crosses, while others refer to a breed called the Chittagong, which had Malay, Shanghai or Cochin, as well as the Dorking in its background. The plumage of the Chittagong was a mixture of yellow and brown, usually pencilled or spangled. Some of the earlier writers claim Brahma blood was used in the creation of the Chittagong. Writers tend to agree that the other breed used to create the Wyandotte was known as the Silver Sebright (not the bantam fowl by the same name). This breed appears to have had a laced plumage pattern. There does not appear to be any evidence of this fowl's origin except that it was an imported fowl. Several lines of thought exist as to its origin. The most accepted idea was that the Breda, Polish and Silver Hamburg (or Mooneys) were in the background of the Silver Sebright."

    I had a straight combed Blue-laced Red Wyandotte. I believe that straight combed birds are still referred to as Wyandottes, although as they do not meet the Standard for the breed they would be unacceptable for showing. You would also not want to breed the bird (if you are using it in a breeding flock and are trying to breed to the Standard of Perfection) as the offspring would have a greater chance of having straight combs as well.

    Oh and it is definitely a cockerel.
     
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  6. tomstephens

    tomstephens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That much comb at 8 weeks, definitely a cockerel.
     
  7. Ang

    Ang Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree you have a boy there.

    Thanks for answering my question about straight combs and wyandottes. I have a GW with a straight comb and wondered if it was pure or a mix.
     
  8. BearSwampChick

    BearSwampChick Chicken Sensei

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    Definitely a roo! [​IMG]
     
  9. s6bee

    s6bee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's a roo! I have SLW and they are supposed to have a rose comb, but I thought there could be the occasional straight comb but it's not accepted if you were to show. If you don't care, then it's fine.
    But at 8 weeks, anything that has a comb like that is a roo.
     
  10. freerange freaks

    freerange freaks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks very much for that info. I had no idea they could have single comb with out being a mix.

    By the way, that is a gorgeous bird you have there.
     

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