Wyandottes are an American breed developed in the 1870’s and named for the indigenous tribes of the United Stated. Originally they were name the American Seabrights, but changed to Wyandotte when accepted by the American Poultry Association. They are a favorite for backyard flocks because they are dependable for laying, healthy, and rather friendly.
Wyandottes are a large, heavy bird with broad frames and full breasts. They have yellow skin and clean, yellow legs. They also have a rose comb. Their robust sizes make for great table birds. And their laying capabilities make for a great homestead bird. Blue Laced Red Wyandottes have a buff under color with blue lacing, a very popular variety of the Wyandottes but not yet a recognized variety. This variety is relatively new and does not breed true. They were first developed from breeding silver laced to gold laced over several different generations. Variety in blues is normal as blue comes in both a light and a dark blue among poultry. Wyandottes are a great duel purpose breed. Heavy layers and their nice stout bodies make for a great meat producer as well. They are known to go broody from time to time and are wonderful mothers for raising any sized brood. Wyandottes are winter hardy and a great breed of bird for any climate that experiences cold weather.
These American classics are calm and docile but will certainly be at the top of the pecking order. They handle confinement well but will also enjoy free ranging. They are a very talkative breed and like to stay with fowl of their own kind, so two or more Wyandottes is recommended. They are not exactly a lap chicken but are non aggressive and make for great 4H birds.
Wyandottes lay around 200 big, brown eggs a year.
Hens weigh 6.5-7 pounds.
Cocks average 9 pounds.