Wyandotte chickens originate from the United States of America, in Wyandotte. The first variation of this breed was seen in the 1870s. The breed was developed by four breeders and was named American Sebright, but was later re-christened as the wyandotte that we know today, after its place of origin.
Today they are popular for their egg laying capabilities and their table qualities.
A fully grown Wyandotte cockerel weighs around 3.2kg and a hen weighs about 2.95kg. The bantam variety of the Wyandotte breed is smaller and cockerels weigh about 1.7kg while hens weigh around 1.3kg.
This breed comes in varied colours, some of which are partridge, blue, barred, birchen, blue red, lemon blue, black, buff , white, gold lace , pyle, lavender, columbian silver, silver pencilled, blue lace, gold pencilled, and silver lace. Wyandottes look attractive with wide saddles, medium length back, full breasts, prominent eyes, broad heads and medium necks with full feathers. They have reddish bay eyes, a rose comb sitting low on the head. Red comb whattles and earlobes The tail is carried somewhere between the horizontal and the vertical. They have yellow legs and are made up of smooth curves. They have even, well placed proportions and have good depth of bone.
The features of Wyandotte chickens are that they are great layers but are also fairly large with good table qualities. They are calm, docile and friendly and make good pets. They become tame easily and are suitable for children. They are as atractive and at home in the showring as in the garden . They have excellent egg producing capabilities, during the first year, these hens will to lay about 200 eggs, but an exceptional hen can lay up to 240 eggs.
These hens are also excellent broodies and make good mothers. They are very determined and will sit if they decide to sit.
These chickens are best allowed to roam freely in the garden or in a big pen, as they are quite large, but gardeners beware, if they are overcrowded, they can just as easily trample a lawn as they can rampage flower beds. They survive even in cold climates because they are pretty hardy but white feathering can quickly become yellow, then brown.
The bantam variation is lighter, does no damage to lawns unless overcrowded and does less rampaging through your flower borders. They are simply minature versions of the large variation but their eggs are larger than their larger counterpart. Not in the way of size, but in the way of proportion to the hens body.
If you are after your first chickens, I recommend you go for wyandottes, if you are a first time exhibitor, then these birds are also recommended.