Blue Laced Red Wyandotte
The Blue Laced Red Wyandotte is a beautiful chicken, and a specific type of Wyandotte often prized for how pretty she is. These chickens make a wonderful addition to a flock, although they can be pricey.
The History of Wyandottes
Wyandottes originated in the United States in the late 19th century. Named after the Wyandot people, an indigenous people of North America, it was bred as a dual-purpose breed. First included in the American Standard of Perfection in 1883 with the silver-laced variety, it showed up in England just a few years later. Although the exact heritage is unknown, the Wyandotte is believed to include genes from dark Brahmas and silver Hamburgs.
Over the following century, many varieties were accepted into breed catalogs. Patridge versions followed, bantam Wyandottes became popular, and different color Wyandottes began appearing. Toward the end of 20th century, Wyandottes decreased in population. This resulted in a 2015 classification of “recovering” by the American Livestock Conservancy. Today, they are off the endangered list but still on alert in countries like Germany.
There’s no standard for a Blue Laced Red Wyandotte as it is not a recognized variety of the Wyandotte family. As such, these birds vary greatly. In general, their body shapes are the same as the Wyandotte, with broad backs and dense feathering. They generally have short and stubby legs, generally yellow in color. The combs, wattles, and earlobes are usually red, as are the eyes often.
These are fairly large birds, with hens usually coming in around seven pounds. Roosters may weigh in at nine or ten pounds. The Blue Laced variety comes from a recessive lavender gene and a blue diluting gene, making a variety of blue in the chicken. This may be a dark blue or charcoal, a true blue, or a lighter splash blue. When bred correctly, you get a Blue Laced Red Wyandotte. As you can imagine, this breeding process is difficult and ends up making these chicks quite costly!
Like other members of the family, the Blue Laced Red Wyandotte are a pretty friendly and gentle breed of chicken. They are pretty docile, but don’t love cuddling. Although you may be able to train yours to be friendly, it is unlikely to be a bird that loves being held like other breeds may be.
Wyandottes are one of the more talkative birds, but this can vary greatly from chicken to chicken. They generally fall on the top of the pecking order, but are not known to be bullies. They are caring mothers, and tend toward broodiness. You can hatch chicken, duck, or turkey eggs under a motherly Wyandotte.
One thing about the Wyandotte personality is that they love to be free and roaming. These chickens need the time and space to forage, but they can also handle some confinement during cold or rainy days. In general, they prefer to be out and free-range.
Wyandottes are pretty good egg layers, but not the best around. They usually lay about 200 eggs a year, and the eggs are usually medium or large and brown. The Blue Laced Wyandotte is a pretty reliable layer, and will lay year-round.
Is a Blue Laced Red Wyandotte Right for Me?
First, it’s important to know that Blue Laced Red Wyandotte chickens are fairly expensive. They often run in the $40-50 range per bird. This is because of the process of breeding these beauties, and is pretty normal for these chickens.
As a show bird, they make a wonderful choice. Even as a regular addition to your backyard flock, this variety of Wyandotte will be sure to turn some heads. They are great with children, tolerant and patient, and pretty steady in demeanor.
They also handle cold weather, rain, and snow pretty well. Heat, on the other hand, is not great for these chickens as they do not handle it well. They make pretty easy birds to keep in general when the climate is right!
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