Wyandottes

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Katy, Oct 1, 2007.

  1. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    I'm thinking of expanding into wyandottes next spring. Do those of you who have them or have had them have any hints or suggestions? I know they handle cold temps well, so that makes me a little worried about our summer heat....100+ degrees at times. Right now I basically have barred rocks, cuckoo marans and welsummers.
     
  2. rosyposyosy

    rosyposyosy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 11, 2007
    this is completely unrealated and i hate to change the subject - but can you tell the difference between your cuckoo marans and your barred rocks?
     
  3. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    Yes, their legs are different colors. Plus the cuckoos' barring is much more "messy" and the barred rocks' barring looks neater. Don't know if that makes sense, but it's the only way I could think to describe it.
     
  4. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    I have three Silver Laced Wyandottes and they do well in heat or cold. They are excellent layers and sweet girls.
     
  5. devora

    devora Chillin' With My Peeps

    We have a Golden Laced W and she made it thru a summer here just fine. We had many days well over a 100 degrees.

    She lays well, too.

    And she sure is a purty thang! It's great watching them feather out.
     
  6. LynnGrigg

    LynnGrigg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My blue laced reds made it through the 100 degree heat here but I worried about them. I have a 22 week old trio. The roo is huge. One of the hens is large and the other is more like bantam sized. They are not laying yet. They came from McMurray.
    Just make sure they have some shade and available water.
     
  7. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    Thanks everyone......sounds like if I give them the same care I give the rest of my chickens they should be ok.

    Lynn....are your BLRs from McMurray nicely marked and colored?
     
    Last edited: Oct 2, 2007
  8. LynnGrigg

    LynnGrigg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:The smaller hen is ok but they are definately not quality colored. I really love the darker blue ones.

    Small hen below [​IMG]
    Big hen below [​IMG]
    Roo below [​IMG]
     
  9. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    Very pretty. I really like the lacing on the feathers. On one hand I'd like to get some really good stock from a breeder, but then I just want them for my own pleasure, so I think the ones from McMurray will probably do ok. Thanks for the pictures.

    Katy
     
  10. skeeter9

    skeeter9 Chillin' With My Peeps

    We have temps over 100 for most of the summer and our SLW does just fine. I do make sure that they have shade and water and they free-range a lot so they can find cool places. If yours won't be free-ranging you might consider running a fan on them during the heat of the day - it really helps.
     

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