Standard Weights: Cock-8-1/2 pounds, hen-6-1/2 pounds, cockerel-7-1/2 pounds, pullet-5-1/2 pounds.

Skin Color: Yellow.

Egg Shell Color: Brown.

Use: Meat or eggs.

Origin: America. The Silver Laced variety was developed in New York State and the others in the north and northeastern 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. Also, 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.



Content providers for this page include:

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

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