White wyandottes/Rhode Island Whites....how do they differ?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Aiden Kendall, Oct 27, 2009.

  1. Aiden Kendall

    Aiden Kendall Out Of The Brooder

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    This may be a silly [​IMG] question but I had seen pics of some RIWs here recently and was hoping someone could explain the difference between them and White Wyandottes? I have a few of the WWs and to my untrained eye, I really couldn't distinguish between the two.

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  2. NYREDS

    NYREDS Overrun With Chickens

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    Assuming two properly bred birds the difference is obvious. The Rhode Island White has a level top line & a long brick shaped body. The Wyandotte on the other hand is shorter bodied & rounder.
     
  3. pipermark

    pipermark Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A true Wyandotte , when viewed from the side, looks like a big heart. Also most RIW have a 5 pointed comb, though there is a rose comb variety.

    Wyandottes always should have a rose comb.
     
  4. NYREDS

    NYREDS Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:Actually Rhode Island White's are rose combed only. There are people selling what they call Single Combed Rhode Island Whites but in a show they would be disqualified as they are not standardized in single combed.
    [BTW that "5 pointed comb" you referenced is called a single comb.]
     
  5. Goose and Fig

    Goose and Fig Grateful Geese

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    Maybe they were thinking of white rocks?
     
  6. catdaddyfro

    catdaddyfro Overrun With Chickens

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  7. RAREROO

    RAREROO Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:There are some hatcheries that sell single combed "RIWs" , I have 8 of these pullets from Privett that I will use to make Sexlinks, though they are not true RIWs, they were probably crossed with Rocks a ways back. The true RIWs are only standized in rose comb, like NYREDS said.
     

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