History of the Wyandotte breed

The Wyandotte breed is named for a Native American tribe in New York State and is one of the original American breeds developed in the 1800's. The original Wyandotte was the Silver Laced variety developed in New York in 1865 and accepted in the APA Standard in 1883.

Wyandotte Characteristics & Behaviour

Wyandottes are a favorite amongst backyard flock owners for their dependable egg laying, easygoing nature, hardiness, and the great variety of beautiful feather patterns available. The APA recognizes the following colors: golden laced, silver laced, white, black, buff, Columbian, partridge and silver penciled. However, there are more colors that are recognized by similar organizations in other countries like the PCGB (Poultry Club of Great Britain). Overall there are 17 colors which include blue laced red and buff laced.

Wyandottes are a docile, dual-purpose breed kept for their brown eggs &/or for meat and is suited to either free range or confinement in a run. Wyandotte hens occasionally become broody and are devoted mothers. They are also very vocal, uttering soft clucks on a regular basis. The breed has been noted for being incredibly friendly and, combined with their easy maintainability. are a favorite with those new to raising chickens.

Wyandottes are a medium weight breed with males weighing 7-9 pounds and females weighing 5-6 pounds. The color of their egg shells can vary from very light brown depending on the variety. They are a hardy breed and can tolerate cold temperatures.

Mo's Wyandotte Colors

Silver Laced: The silver laced Wyandotte has white feathers with black edges to every feather, an effect called lacing. The tail is black and they should have yellow legs. The silver laced Wyandotte was the base for all other colors.

Blue Laced Red: The blue laced red is a buff/red color with a blue that looks just like grey around the edge of every feather. It is one of the rarest varieties.

Golden Laced: The golden laced Wyandotte is a golden color with black around the edge of every feather and black tail. Joseph McKeen of Wisconsin was the originator of the Golden Laced Wyandotte. In 1880 he crossed Silver Laced Wyandotte females with a large "Black Red" patterned fowl of unknown origin called the Winnebago. The variety was admitted to the American Standard in 1888.

New Color: Project color under way! We are working on a new laced color that we hope to have fully developed for breeding by spring 2018. Stay tuned for details on this new color! As with any project, we will have numerous project birds to clear out in 2017. These will be non-standard variety Wyandottes that may look like properly laced Wyandottes but cannot be used for breeding.

Click on the photo link below to view our Wyandotte photo album.

Wyandotte photo album