Wyandottes; practical and pretty
The simple satisfaction of scattering corn and collecting eggs never leaves you. My mother kept hens and as soon as I had a garden of my own I bought my first Wyandotte bantams. I have now been keeping Wyandottes bantam chickens for almost 30 years.
Wyandottes bantams are an ideal size. They are energetic but sensible . They don’t fly so don’t need elaborate fencing. The area I live in is notoriously muddy so hens with clean un-feathered legs is essential.
Lots of Colours and new colour projects
Wyandottes come in lots of colours. I have a lot of fun developing new colours including spangled, millefleur, porcelain, mottled blue, mauve, chocolate and lavender.
Wyandotte bantams are such amazing layers for size and quantity I didn’t find there was any benefit in keeping the large version so have stick to the bantams. Wyandotte bantams are quite a bit bigger than true bantams and mine lay good sized eggs,
Partridge Wyandotte Bantams
My first love is Partridge and Silver Pencilled Wyandottes . Both males and females are gorgeous. The males have colouring similar to wild red jungle fowl and for me their beautifully pencilled wives are the loveliest of chickens. PARTRIDGE WYANDOTTES
- Good Layers
- Correct colour and type
- Vigour and fertility
- Nice temperament
- Show-winning quality
I quickly learnt that if a bird has a whether tendency to get health problems or good health it will pass it on to future generations. I look after my birds as well as possible, if they get something wrong I don;t mind giving them a bit of apple cider vinegar but apart from that no treatment and birds that have been ill aren’t used to breed from. Hens living to a good old age have long lived offspring.
I select for sensible temperament and birds that don’t fight. Any young cockerels that show a tendency to fight don’t go in the breeding pen.