The Wyandotte hen is both a very good layer, breeding and incubator while also being a ornamental hen, because it is also very pretty, but also appreciated for its fine flesh. It is a versatile hen. This delightful bird was created in 1880 in New York and then recognized in 1883 as a purebred hen. It owes its name to the Indian tribe: “The Wyandotte Nation” also descended from another tribe called the Hurons-Wendat. It should be noted that the choice of the name of the hen Wyandotte has no known link with the tribe mentioned above and we do not really know why this hen is named so.
Origin of the breed of the Wyandotte hen
The Wyandotte hen is the result of a cross between a hen Black brahma and one hamburg rooster silver. There is another theory saying that it would be crossed by Fawn Cochin and of Silver Sebright, because the Wyandotte is also named Sebrigth Cochin. In any case, the Wyandotte has Brahma genes.
History of the Wyandotte hen
After being recognized in the USA in 1883 as a purebred hen, the Wyandotte arrived in Europe in 1890. This dwarf hen appears in Holland, England and Germany. After World War II, the Wyandotte was a real success. It is then registered at the British Poultry Standard which is the oldest known breed poultry register on our planet. This pretty casserole is still in the ranking of the best layers since it has a title for having laid up to 4 eggs per week in winter.
Characteristics of the Wyandotte hen
The Wyandotte hen is rustic and very resistant. Its plumage is quite thick and it adapts well in cold climates. She owns :
- A strong neck
- A medium back and a little concave
- A rounded chest
- Thick plumage
- Tight wings
- A horseshoe-shaped tail
- A double crest of bright red color
- A broad head
- Rounded barbs
- A short, slightly curved beak
- A pale yellow tarsus
- Big round eyes and red pulling on the orange
The various weights and measurements of the Wyandotte hen
In the Wyandotte hen, the rooster weighs between 3 kg and 3.9 kg. The female weighs between 2.5 kg and 3 kg. Eggs with brown shells weigh 55 g on average. In the dwarf breed, the rooster weighs around 1.3 kg and the female, 1 kg. Eggs of light brown color weigh 35 g.
The colors of the plumage of the Wyandotte hen
In the Wyandotte hen, there is more than twenty colors of plumage. Initially, this pretty little hen was silver, but she was often crossed. Thus, among the best known, we find it:
- Gold with black or blue border
- Pearl grey
- Herminated white and black
There are still other colors. Some are approved to participate in exhibitions and others are not.
Wyandotte hen character
This hen is easily domesticated even if it is reserved at first. She is docile and very sensitive human visits and food rewards. She easily attaches to her master. The Wyandotte is also a very good mother and takes good care of her chicks. Rather, the rooster acts as a patriarch over his family. In a breeding farm, the Wyandotte hen is very easy-going and tames very well.
In what environment should a Wyandotte hen be raised?
The Wyandotte hen is very rustic and undemanding. Thus, it is possible to breed it in an enclosure or in total freedom. In a standard breeding, it is necessary to provide her with appropriate care and she will grow very well. She can be bred for her qualities as a good layer, for reproduction, for her flesh which is very appreciated or as an ornamental hen.
Where and how much to buy a Wyandotte hen?
You don’t find many Wyandotte hens in the poultry market. To buy them without being cheated by unscrupulous sellers, it is advisable to contact at the Wyandotte Club de France who has an online site. You can find all the addresses of serious breeders. The site of Poultry Poultry is still a good mine of information and will give you the addresses of Wyandotte chicken breeders closest to you. To acquire a Wyandotte hen of about three months ready to lay, it is necessary to count the sum of 30 € to 35 €.
The Wyandotte is a good hen holding all the criteria of a good hen. The dwarf is highly praised for her beauty, the larger one is appreciated for his flesh, but also for her eggs that she lays in abundance (up to 220 per year) or for her beauty, often leading her to various exhibitions. She deserves to be known, because she is also very sweet and affectionate and can even become, as such, a pet.