Monday`s at typesofchicken.com are reserved for our weekly Pros & Cons articles concerning a particular chicken breed.
As we said many times before we write these articles based on our own opinions and experiences as well as research. There are exceptions in every breed so if you have had a different experience with the breed in question feel free to share them with us.
For this Monday we decided to do an article about the Wyandotte chicken breed.
If you are interested in any other particular breed check out the rest of our Pros & Cons articles.
1. Extremely Active ( As A Good Thing )
Great foragers and extremely active chickens. The Wyandotte chickens are famous for their ability to be energetic and playful.
They won’t let anything get in their way and that can also be a pro as much as it can be a con.
2. Are Wyandotte chickens Great Layers?
The Wyandotte chicken breed is capable of providing you with a large number of eggs.
Of course, you need to have the means to provide them with the nutritious materials needed in order for a hen to lay quality eggs you will be more than satisfied with the outcome.
Due to their size, the Wyandotte chickens are able to lay large eggs.
The size of the eggs that this breed brings to the table should not be a concern to any chicken keeper.
3. What color do Wyandotte Chickens have?
The Wyandotte chickens are available in a huge variety of colors and that makes them special to many chicken-keeping enthusiasts.
From red to silver laced the colors this chicken breed is available in can make them fit in any color scheme if you are into that kind of stuff.
One of the most favorite types among chicken keepers is Golden Laced Wyandotte chicken. They tend to be great as a pet, so if you have kids this breed will definitely be your best friend.
Also, Golden Laced Wyandotte chicken is a dual-purpose breed, which can lay around 220 eggs per year and they will provide you with amazing chicken meat.
Golden Laced Wyandotte hens are really great mothers, they took care of their chicks a lot!
1. Extremely Active ( As A Bad Thing )
This can be a bad thing because of extremely active means that they will be also flighty and can be bullies.
Due to their size being large they will feel superior to other chickens and that will give them the freedom to bully them until the pecking order is formed.
Some chicken keepers say that only their Wyandotte chickens disturbed the pecking order.
2. Not Too Friendly
Although extremely beautiful with the variety of colors they are available in, the Wyandotte chickens do not want to pet.
They can get aggressive towards other animals and children, but we believe that with the proper care even Wyandotte chickens can be taught to be friendly.
The best thing to do is get them as young as possible and give your best to train them properly.
3. Not Good In Handling Heat
The Wyandotte chickens are not very good in handling the heat so they will most likely need some special attention during the hot summer days.
It is important that they receive proper ventilation and have fresh water during the day.
Also, some shade in your run can help them have easier summers and you to get more quality eggs from them.
What type of comb do Wyandotte chickens have?
Based on our research, Wyandotte chickens have a rose comb. But you can occasionally meet some male/female Wyandotte’s with a straight comb. This is a well-known secret among Wyandotte Chicken Breeders.
What does this mean?
Well, some lines of Wyandottes are not pure for the Rose Comb gene, breeders do this on purpose, there is only one main reason some breeders do this, and its because pure Rose Comb birds(R/R) have a lower fertility rate than Heterozygous Rose Comb Males(R/r+) and there is the fact that the Rose Comb gene is one of the few completely dominant genes.
And what does this means?
It means that you can’t tell apart a heterozygous rose comb rooster(R/r+) from a Homozygous Rose Comb rooster(R/R) so some single comb wyandottes are to be expected…
Can Wyandotte chickens be feather sexed?
Have you got your own Wyandotte chicks and want to know if they are male or female?
If they are like 5-10 days old, it’s so hard to know the difference. We would suggest waiting for like 4-6 weeks and looking for these indications:
- Sturdy legs
- Medium-sized pinkish comb
- Wattles starting to hang down in a curve
- Stumpy, curved tail
- Downy back with a thin line of stub feathers down the center
- Poor feathering on side of the neck, crop, and flanks
- Bare wing bows, showing wing covert quills
- Fine legs
- Small yellow comb
- Wattles practically non-existent
- Long pointy tail
- More advanced feathering along the center of the back
- Well advanced feathering on side of the neck, crop, and flanks
- Wing bows covered with small feathers
What is your experience with this breed?
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