The Silver Laced Wyandotte is the parent variety of the Wyandotte family. It originated in New York State. It was first known as American Sebright and Sebright Cochin. The true origin of the Wyandotte Chicken is shrouded in mystery. The Dark Brahma and Spangled Hamburgs were used by the originator of the ‘American Sebright’ was evidenced by the cropping out of the Hamburg comb and Dark Brahma color markings in some of the earlier Eastern strains.
Characteristics: Golden Laced Wyandottes originated in Wisconsin. The Wyandotte Chicken were produced by mating Silver Laced Wyandotte females with a cross-bred Partridge Cochin-Brown Leghorn cockerel.The color pattern of the Sebright Bantam has been more or less of an ideal for breeders of Silver and Golden Laced Wyandottes. It is one that should conform to the larger size of the fowl by having more sharply defined and wider black lacing to harmonize with the broader oval center of the feather.White Wyandottes came from sports of the Silver Laced in New York State. The feather is important in Wyandottes, especially in the White variety, where broad feathers and smooth plumage characteristic of the Wyandotte.
Buff Wyandottes were light colored Rhode Island Reds, but lacking type and off in color, they laid the foundation of Buff Wyandottes for breed, type and color. Golden and White Wyandotte crosses and Buff Cochin-White and Golden Wyandotte crosses dominated in some strains.
Black Wyandottes originated from black sports of the Silver Laced variety.
Partridge Wyandottes originated in the East and West US. The Partridge Cochin for the color patterns for both the Eastern and Western strains, but the varieties with which the Cochin were crossed differed. The Eastern strain was a Partridge Cochin-Golden Wyandotte cross; the Western strain Partridge Cochin-Cornish-Golden Wyandotte crosses.
Silver Penciled Wyandottes were produced blending two strains; one Partridge Wyandotte-Dark Brahma cross, the other, a cross of Silver Laced Wyandottes and Silver Penciled Hamburgs cross.
Columbian Wyandottes were named for the 1893 Columbian Exposition held in Chicago in 1893. This variety was produced by crossing a White Wyandotte and a Barred Plymouth Rock.
- 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: Light to dark brown
- Use: Egg and meat production.
- Origin: USA
Interested in raising chickens, but not sure which breed might be right for you?
Things to consider:
Geography: Consider geography when selecting a breed. In cooler areas of the country, consider raising heavier birds. In hotter areas, consider lighter weight birds. Some birds have been specially breed for cold climates. Consider these birds if you live in a cold-climate area.
Space: Where will you be raising these chickens? Do you have a lot of farm land for the animals to be raised on, or are you planning to raise them in your backyard? If you have a small space in which to raise the birds, choose breeds with a calmer temperament and avoid birds that are listed as active. Active birds will not be happy in close confinement.
Temperament: When choosing a breed, consider temperament. Some breeds are calmer than others. If raising chickens in a backyard or in the city, you may prefer a calmer breed.