BLUE LACED RED WYANDOTTE
Origin: United States
Type: Standard Large Fowl
Size: Large (6.5-8.5 lbs)
Colors: Varries (Mixture of Red and Blue)
Egg Laying: Excellent (200/year)
Egg Color: Light Brown
Egg Size: Large
Cold Hardiness: Excellent Winter Tolerance
Heat Tolerance: Great Heat tolerance
Personality: Generally docile
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Background and History
The original Wyandotte bird was created in the US in the late 1800s’. It was created to fill a niche in the market for a dual purpose hen that laid well and could be used for meat too.
The Wyandotte was originally bred from Brahmas, Silver Spangled Hamburgs and the ‘proto’ bird (the Mooney).
It’s also possible, that two other breeds (Breda fowl and Polish hens) were added to the mix.
The first of the Wyandotte breed was the Silver Laced – other varieties followed. The Wyandotte became very popular here in the US, also in England and across Europe too.
It suffered a severe decline in numbers starting in the 1940-50s’, when it was surpassed in egg and meat production by the ‘industrial’ hen. Recent interest in the breed has helped it to recover in popularity.
Many sources state the Blue Laced Red Wyandottes were created back in the late 1800s’ by a Mr Heidenbluth of Frankenburg, Saxony.
However, there appears to be a document in existence that disputes this, stating that the Blue Laced Red Wyandotte was created here in the US.
Reading through this document, it would suggest that in fact much of the stock of Blue Laced Red Wyandottes originated in the US and were shipped to the UK where they became very successful.
It isn’t a giant leap to suppose that some of the stock imported into the UK was sent to Germany where further breeding and refinement of the bird continued.
Blue Laced Red Wyandottes became quite popular in Germany in the 1920’s and in 1929 over 100 birds were shown at the Poultry Show in Leipzig, Germany. It was admitted to the German Standard of Perfection in 1929.
Sometime after that the German stock was imported to England and finally made their way back to the US in the 1980s’ thanks to Lowell Barber.
As the name implies, Blue Laced Red Wyandotte chickens have predominantly reddish-brown feathers that are lightly bordered with an Andulasian blue stripe. While some feathers are only red, most of the features on the bird's chest and back will be colored in this way, giving the bird a beautifully striped, speckled look. The feathers should be sleek and straight, with a medium level of fluff.
At the current time, the Blue Laced Red Wyandotte is not a recognized variety of the Wyandotte family, although this is, I think, just a matter of time.
The standards are being worked on by a dedicated group of breeders and will be submitted to the APA in due course.
Since there is no set standard, folks can basically sell their inferior versions of a Blue Laced Red Wyandotte without being ‘dishonest’.
In general the body shape should conform to the standard laid down for all Wyandotte chickens.
It would seem that many birds that are being called Blue Laced Red Wyandottes are barely conforming to the physical attributes of a Wyandotte bird in general.
Wyandottes are broad backed birds with lots of curves to them and dense feathering.
The body is broad and deep with a gentle ’U’’ shape, supported by short, stout legs. The legs should be yellow in color, as should the beak.
Comb, wattles, face and earlobes should be red, and the comb should be a rose comb set close to the head.
Eyes are deep set and reddish bay in color.
Roosters should weigh in around 8 ½ pounds and hens at 6 ½ pounds, although they may look heavier, it’s all feathers!
Temperament and Disposition
Wyandottes are a friendly and gentle breed, although not an overly ‘cuddly’ bird – a good addition to any backyard flock.
They can appear to be aloof, but this will vary from bird to bird. They are also known to be ‘talkative’, although this too, can vary from bird to bird.
Usually fairly high in the pecking order, they don’t put up with any nonsense from other hens and do not appear to be bullies to others. They make good mothers and can be prone to broodiness; they will usually accept any eggs placed under them for hatching. A very useful trait if you want to raise your own birds.
They tolerate confinement well, but if allowed to roam they are good foragers.
In terms of egg production, you should expect around 200 eggs/year of medium to large brown eggs.
Common Health Issues
The Wyandotte chicken in general can suffer from a low fertility rate. This is apparently linked to the rosecomb gene – hence the scarcity of good quality stock.
Otherwise the Wyandotte is no more prone to problems than any other hen. The dense feathering needs to be checked regularly for lice or mite infestations and treated accordingly.
Occasionally the fluff around the rear end can get a bit ‘poopy’ and may need an occasional trim. It may also need trimming to facilitate mating – all that fluff tends to get in the way of things!