History of the Wyandotte Breed
The Wyandotte breed is named for a Native American tribe in New York State. It is one of the original American breeds developed in the 1800's along with the Dominiques, Plymouth Rocks, and Rhode Island Reds. The original Wyandotte was the Silver Laced variety developed in New York in 1865 and accepted in the APA Standard in 1883.
History of the Wyandotte Breeders of America
The Wyandotte Bantam Club of America was formed in 1940 in Allentown, PA when several breeders met at a show and determined that it would be a worthy venture to start a breed club to promote the breed, educate interested fanciers, and sponsor regional or national shows for Wyandottes. In 2000, the Wyandotte Bantam Club expanded its interest and welcomed large fowl into the breed club. In 2002, the members voted to change the club's name to the Wyandotte Breeders of America (WBA).
Why Raise Wyandottes ?
Wyandottes are a popular breed because of their pleasing appearance, their hardiness, and the variety of color patterns that are accepted by the American Poultry Association (APA) and the American Bantam Association (ABA). Wyandottes are a medium weight breed with males weighing 7-9 pounds and females weighing 5-6 pounds. The color of their egg shells can vary from very light brown depending on the variety. They are a hardy breed and can tolerate cold temperatures. Bantam Wyandottes are docile, very hardy, and a good layer of well- shaped eggs. They are suited to cold climates and their rose combs do not freeze because they are set low and close to the head. Bantam males weigh 26-30 oz and the females weigh 24-26 oz, or about 1.5 pounds.
Wyandottes are sometimes described as a "breed of curves." According to the APA Standards, the body of a Wyandotte should be a medium length, deep, and well rounded. It should appear that the body has greater depth than length. The fluff should be moderately full but not so full as to hide the profile on the hocks. A well shaped Wyandotte fits neatly in an imaginary circle.