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!