The Silver Laced Wyandotte is a chicken breed
originating in the United States. The first examples of the breed
appeared in 1870s. Wyandottes are a docile, dual-purpose breed kept for
their brown eggs and for meat. They appear in a wide variety of color
patterns, and are popular show birds. The Wyandotte lays pale brown or
tan eggs and usually has a white ring of feathers around its neck.
Wyandotte hens are devoted mothers.
The Wyandotte is a medium sized bird with a rose comb and clean legs. The chicken feathers
are broad and loosely fitting. The area around the vent is very fluffy.
The legs are yellow, although some silver laced may have grey.
Silver Laced Wyandotte chickens will lay around 200 eggs a year with an exceptional hen laying around
240 eggs a year. The eggs are brown or tinted. The hens weigh around 6
pounds and the cocks weigh around 8½ pounds. The hens also make great
setters. It is sometimes difficult for natural insemination to occur,
due to the number and thickness of feathers in the tail area. For the
same reason, they are prone to accumulation of feces on vent-area
feathers that needs to be regularly washed off, or the vent could become
The Wyandotte is a breed that suits both
free range and confinement in a run. Hens occasionally become broody.
They are also very vocal, uttering soft clucks on a regular basis. The
breed has been noted for being incredibly friendly, and combined
with their easy maintainability are a favorite with those new to raising