History

Wyandottes were developed in the United States in New York state. They get their name from a Native American tribe known as the Wyandots (or Wendats). The original Wyandotte was the Silver Laced Wynadotte, which was first accepted into the Standard of Perfection in 1883. Other Wyandottes were developed from the Silver Laced Wyandotte by crossing it with other breeds.

Qualities of the Wyandotte

Wyandottes are an excellent dual-purpose bird, which can be raised to produce both eggs and meat. They are particularly well-suited for regions that have cold winters.

  • Egg Laying — Wyandottes are good layers of light to rich brown eggs and are good winter layers.
  • Hardy — The rose comb, plumage, and good body size of the Wyandotte make it well suited to cold climates.
  • Temperament – Wyandottes are generally docile and friendly, but some individuals can be aggressive
  • Adaptability – Wyandottes tolerate confinement well, and they also are good foragers, which makes them well suited for free ranging.

Wyandottes will occasionally set, but they are not as likely to go broody as Silkies or Buff Orpingtons.

Physical Characteristics

  • Feathers – Wyandottes are available in many colors and color patterns. Their legs are not feathered.
  • Comb – Wyandottes have a rose comb.
  • Wattles – Well-rounded, moderately long, and bright red.
  • Earlobes – Oblong, smooth, and well-defined.

Videos of Baby Wyandotte Chicks

Availability

Bantam varieties of Wyandottes, such as the Bantam Partridge Wyandottes are also available.

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