Spotlight Breed Of The Week Silver Laced Wyandotte's
The Wyandotte breed was created by four gentlemen from the eastern United States area. They were trying to create a breed that would be a dual-purpose bird something that was seriously lacking in the 1800’s. They were first referred to as the American Seabright or the Seabright Cochin. They were later renamed after the Native America Wyandotte nation
but have no direct historical association with the tribe. There is a bit of mystery as to the true origin of the Wyandotte, but they are thought to have been developed from a Dark Brahma
and a Silver Spangled Hamburg
. The original Wyandotte was the Silver Laced which was first accepted into the standard of perfection
in 1883. Today there are many more color varieties developed from the Silver Laced
by crossing them with a variety of other breeds.
Wyandotte’s are beautiful birds famous for their docile
disposition and their ability to lay eggs in the cold weather. They are an excellent dual-purpose
bird, which can be raised to produce both eggs and meat. The hens make good mothers and will lay large brown eggs in a color range from light to medium. They are particularly well suited for regions that have cold winters. They tolerate confinement
well and they are also good foragers which makes them well suited for any free-range
environments. Wyandotte’s mature fairly quickly males will weigh in and about 8 1/2 pounds and hens about 6.1/2 pounds.
The Wyandotte breed graduated from the livestock Conservancy
priority list in 2016 in his no longer considered endangered.
Adult Birds description:
The male and female have completely different plumage
appearances. The head of the male is a silvery white with each feather having a black stripe. The web of the male’s neck feathers is a luxurious, green black with narrow lacing of silvery white. The male’s back is silvery white in appearance and the tail is black. The web of each breast feather of the male is white with a narrow, sharply defined lacing of luxurious green and black. The web of each breast feather of the male is white with a narrow, sharply defined lacing of luxurious greenish black. The web of each feather of the body, back, breast and lower thigh of the female is the same as the male’s breast feathers. The plumage of the female's head is silvery gray in the tail is black. They have rose combs
that are low and firm on the head, have an oval surface covered with small rounded points, and tapered to a well-defined point that curves to conform to the shape of the skull.
Baby Chick description:
The chicks are black with white streaks down the back the chest and abdomen may either be white or grey, the wing tips are white. They have rose combs, feet, and legs are yellow with some black or grey.
Origin: United States
Adaptable to confinement or free range, calm & docile.
Dual purpose eggs laying and meat production
Occasionally make good mothers
: Cold hardy
: 18-22 weeks Mating ratio
: 9 females to 1 male
Brown Egg size:
Medium - Large
Rate Of Lay:
Good Eggs per year: 180-260
Hen 6.1/2 lbs Rooster: 8 1/2 lbs
Pullet 5 1/2 lbs Cockerel 7 lbs
onfined at all times 10 square feet per bird. Confined at night only at least 4 square feet of space per bird.
Of the Silver Laced Wyandotte depends on how well they are cared for, and the quality of life that they enjoy. A standard the Silver Laced Wyandotte will generally live for approximately 6-8 years but have been known to reach 10-12 years.
Golden laced - Blue laced red- -Barred-- Buff--Black -White-Red- Blue-Silver Penciled--Partridge- Columbian- Buff Columbian-Mille Fleur-
The Silver Laced Wyandotte
is the original Wyandotte and is the parent stock for all varieties.