Thursday, April 26, 2012

W is for ...Wyandotte

Wyandotte chickens that is!
 I have had a few, they are round and soft and have lovely feathers
(It is pronounced like why un dot)

Two of the most popular varieties are the Silver Laced and the Golden Laced


 
 There are other colors as well, as that is what chicken fanciers
do, develop new color varieties.  Wyandottes have a rose comb.
Rose combs are good for birds in colder climates as they do 
not suffer from frost as much as large upright single combs might.



Popular for both meat and eggs (not that I ever eat any of my chickens), they are
 considered  a 'heavy breed'. There are bantam Wyandottes, however, and these could
  be kept  in a smaller area. Bantam chickens do not lay as large of eggs as the large
 breeds, but  their  feed to egg conversion ratio is superior to the big ones!



 
 Head Shot of Silver Laced Wyandotte Chicken Rooster

 

http://www.wyandottesandrocks.com/p/wyandottes.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wyandotte_%28chicken%29#Variations
 http://www.chickenbreeds.info/category/wyandottes-chickens/
http://www.cacklehatchery.com/slwyandotte.html

13 comments:

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    1. there are so many varieties... here is a good site http://www.feathersite.com/Poultry/CGP/Wyand/BRKWyand.html

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  2. Wow they have wonderful plumage.

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    1. they are really soft. Some chickens have 'hard' feathers and some have soft ones...and then there are Silkies and the 'frizzled' ones....as well as the 'naked necks'

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  3. We had a few Wyandotte chickens when I was growing up. They were so pretty!

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    1. Aren't they great!? I kept wondering if I was pronouncing the name right so I finally looked it up...why un dot. Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. Thanks for the chicken education. I grew up on a dairy farm but I never learned much about the cluckers.

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    1. Pretty breeds of cows, too...I think I like the Jersey's best. thanks for stopping by!

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  5. The colors are pretty! But I don't know what a rose comb is. I am betting it is not a pink comb, the kind I use to untangle my hair.

    Sonia Lal @ Story Treasury

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    1. The second picture down illustrates a Rose comb well. Many breeds of chickens have a 'single comb' which is thin and upright. There are other comb types...walnut, cushion, strawberry, pea, and a buttercup comb. Rose combs are fat and bumpy and sometimes they are pointed on the back. Not quite sure why they decided to call it a 'rose' comb, though.

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  6. Do they come in blue? lol That would be cool. When I was in high school we had a neighbor kid who was a bit odd. It's not that he had chickens, but rather that he walked one on a leash to the store all the time. Strange dude.

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  7. there are 'blue' wyandottes...and blue laced red wyandottes...blue means a slate color that is blue grey....http://www.feathersite.com/Poultry/CGP/Wyand/LargeBlueWyandPr.JPEG

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  8. G ... these are beautiful! I hope that we will have chickens someday, and these guys and gals look like a great choice.

    Kathy M.

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