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Poultry Breeds - Wyandotte Chickens

Poultry Breeds - Wyandotte Chickens


Origin: The Wyandotte comes from the regions around upstate New York and Ontario, Canada. It was originally named American Sebright, however, it was later changed to Wyandotte after a Native American tribe that lived in those parts. It is believed to have been developed around the 19th century. It was recognized by the APA in 1883. The Silver Laced variety was developed in New York State and the others in the north andcolbwynd.jpgnortheastern states in the latter part of the 19th century and early 20th century.

Characteristics: Wyandottes are a good, medium-weight fowl for small family flocks kept under rugged conditions. Their rose combs do not freeze as easily as single combs and the hens make good mothers. Their attractive "curvy" shape, generally good disposition, and many attractive color patterns (varieties) make them a good choice for fanciers as well as farmers. Common faults include narrow backs, undersized individuals and relatively poor hatches. In addition, it is not uncommon to see single combed offspring come from rose combed parents. These single combed descendents of Wyandottes should not be kept as breeders.

Standard Weights: Cock: 8 ½  lbs, Hen: 6 ½  lbs, Cockerel: 7 ½  lbs, Pullet: 5 ½  lbs


Skin Color: Yellow

Egg Shell Color: Brown

Use: The Wyandotte is a dual-purpose breed for eggs and meat.


Chicken Breeds and Varieties (A2880), John L. Skinner, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Lewis, Celia. "Breed Profiles: Wyandotte." The Illustrated Guide to Chickens: How to Choose Them, How to Keep Them. New York: Skyhorse Pub., 2011. 174-75. Print.

"Wyandotte Chicken." The Livestock Conservancy. The Livestock Conservancy, n.d. Web. 08 July 2015.


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