Wyandotte ChickensFebruary 9th, 2011 at 16:05
Wyandotte Chickens Are Hardy, Docile & Friendly Chickens.
Wyandotte Chickens Background & Appearance.
Wyandottes originated in the US in the mid 19th century and first appeared as the Silver Laced Wyandotte variety. It’s not sure which chickens the breed originated from but it’s thought that Cochins, Brahmas & Hamburgs were involved in starting this strain.
The white variety was developed in the UK and then exported back to America. Wyandottes have 22 colour varieties around the world and are very popular show birds.
One of the Wyandottes special attractions is the fact that it is a very rounded fluffy looking bird. It is often described as being a bird of curves, the curves are very clearly defined especially in the head, tail and body section.
Before the breed became standardized their were many different sizes and shapes of comb, but the standardized breed should now exhibit a medium sized rosecomb that is close fitting to the head.
Wyandottes are thickly feathered birds who have yellow stout legs bright red ear lobes and reddish eyes.
Caring For Your Wyandotte Chickens.
The Wyandotte is a breed that suits both free range and confinement in a run. These chickens are docile birds and the hens are excellent broodies and make good mothers.
The denseness of the feathers around the vent area may cause some concern on keeping the vent area clean of faeces, although this is rarely a problem in a healthy chicken. If the vent area does get a bit clogged up, then a quick wash off will prevent parasites and mites finding a new breeding ground.
It is also thought by some that the dense feathers around the vent can prevent mating taking place, but ask any experienced Wyandotte breeder and they’ll tell you to ignore that myth.
This lovely breed cannot be recommended highly enough for the newbie chicken keeper to start off with, because these hardy, attractive, friendly and docile chickens will make the best pet chickens you’ll find.
Wyandotte Chickens Egg Laying & Broodiness.
Thes hens are great broodies and make super mothers. They produce between 200 – 220 eggs per year which are brown or tinted.
The chicks grow very quickly, and reach near full size around 15 weeks. They should come into lay around 25 weeks, and lay good sized eggs right away.
Great to keep as a broody for your non-setting breeds.
Wyandotte Chickens Are A Very Friendly, Docile, Hardy & Attractive Breed And Are Totally Recommended As A Great Chicken To Start Off With For The Newbie Chicken Keeper.
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