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White Wyandottes

The Standard White Wyandotte

Bantam

Origin: America

Classification: Heavy: Soft Feather

Egg Colour: Tinted

               

               'Frank' at the National 2012                            'Tullulah' at the National 2012

                              
                                  'Lincoln' at the National show 2013 

 The first variety of the Wyandotte family was the silver laced, originated in America, where it was standardized in 1883. The variety was introduced into England at the time, and our breeders immediately perfected the lacings and open ground colouring. Partridge Cochin and gold spangled Hamburgh males were crossed with the silver females, to produce the gold laced variety. The white Wyandotte came as a sport from the silver laced; the buff followed by crossing buff Cochin with the silver laced. In 1896, the partridge variety was introduced from America, the result of blending partridge Cochin and Indian Game blood with that of the gold laced, the variety being perfected for markings in England. It was once called the gold pencilled, and the silver pencilled soon followed from partridge Wyandotte and dark Brahma crossings.

Columbians were the result of crossing the white Wyandotte with the barred Rock, and it was the crossing of the gold laced and the white varieties which produced the buff laced and the blue laced, first seen here in 1897. Blacks, blues and barred have been made in different ways in this country. The latest variety to be introduced is the red, created in Lancashire, from the gold laced variety, with selective matings with white Wyandotte, Barnevelder and Rhode Island Red. It is clear that while the family of the Wyandotte is large, every variety is a made one from various blendings of breeds.

Characteristics:

Male:

Carriage: Graceful, well balanced, alert and active, but docile

Type: Body short and deep with well rounded sides.  Back broad and short with full and broad saddle rising with a concave sweep to the tail. Breast full, broad and round with a straight keel bone. Wings of medium size, nicely folded to the side. Tail medium size but full and spread at the base, the main feathers carried rather upright, the sickles of medium length.

Head: Short and broad. Beak stout and well curved. Eyes intelligent and prominent. Comb rose, firmly and evenly set on head, medium in height and width, low, and square at front, gradually tapering towards the back and terminating in a well defined spike (or leader) which should follow the curve of the neck without any upwards tendency. The top should be oval and covered with small and rounded points; the side outline being convex to conform to the shape of the skull. Face smooth and fine in texture. Earlobes oblong, wattles medium length, fine in texture.

Neck: Of medium length and well arched with full hackle.

Legs and Feet: Thighs of medium length, well covered with soft feathers; the fluff fairly close and silky. Shanks medium in length, strong, well rounded, good quality, and free from feather or fluff. Toes, four, straight and well spread.

Plumage: Fairly close and silky, not too abundant or fluffy.

Female:

The general characteristics are similar to those of the male, allowing for the natural sexual differences

 

White Colour:

Male and Female plumage: Pure white, free from yellow or straw tinge

In both sexes and all colours: Beak, legs and feet yellow, which may dilute to straw in adults or laying pullets. Eyes bright bay, orange or red. Bright bay preferred.
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