The silver laced Wyandottes are among some of the most desired chickens on the market. They are among the most beautiful chickens you will find.
There are other beauties out there that compare and some may even this prettier such as, the Blue Laced Wyandottes, Black Laced Red Wyandottes, Red Laced Wyandottes and some other exotic chickens that are very colorful and prestigious in their own class of breeds.
Silver Laced Wyandottes Egg Production
These beautiful chickens lay large light brown to dark brown eggs and they are very dependable.
The production will usually be around 200 eggs per year being broken down to between 3 – 4 eggs a week.
This is not as productive as some other breeds but the beauty they bring to your flock will well be worth the effort.
The Wyandotte breed has several varieties and they are all as striking as the silver laced variety.
• gold laced, white
• silver penciled
• buff, partridge, black
• silver laced
All of these varieties are beautiful! You can do a search on Google for these varieties and find pictures of each of them.
The Wyandotte was originally bred to be an egg and meat production chicken by early Americans. The odd thing I find is that the Wyandotte and Sebright are not even remotely related.
Although these birds had originally been bred as dual purpose chickens, they failed to produce in the volume that was needed and in a short time was added to the endangered species list of chickens.
Thankfully, the beauty and demeanor of this bird caused the population to resurge and the backyard chicken craze brought it back to a population that removed it from the endangered breed list.
Silver Laced Wyandottes Personality
As you would suspect, this chicken has feathers that look as though they have been painted silver along the outside edges with a white center making them stand out among their peers.
The Wyandottes are good temperament birds and are prone to have strong personalities making them seem like they are forcible but in reality, they are not bullies at all but just maintain their place of dominance in a flock without fear.
The Silver Laced Wyandotte is a very good mother and is prone to be broody. They are used many times to hatch and raise other chickens eggs. Many chickens are not good mothers and these make great foster parents.
These chickens are relatively good at withstanding cold weather. They will also tolerate warm weather but as with a lot of chickens, they will need shade and a fresh water supply.
Silver-Laced Wyandottes as Pets
Because of the nature of this bird, it is a popular chicken for people to have as pets and backyard chickens. They are easily handled and make great additions for those with children.
We would encourage you to get this chicken if you are looking for a mixed flock. They will make a wonderful addition to any yard or flock.
Are the Silver Laced Wyandottes for you?
If you want a docile chicken that will lay you around 200 eggs a year even through the colder months, this is your hen!
I know many other hens lay more eggs but most of them slow down in cold weather.
A rooster in this variety will make a stunning addition and will stand out like royalty.
They are not prone to disease but with the thick feathers will need to be checked from time to time for lice and other parasites such as mites.
They are also good free-range chickens and forage very well.
They tend to be talkative at times and this can vary from one chicken to another. Yes, chickens talk!
As is the case with many chickens, they live between 6 – 12 years.
This round fluffy hen will weigh around 6.5 pounds at adult age.
A rooster will weigh in around 8.5 pounds at adult age.
These lovely Wyandottes are recognized by the American Poultry Association.
In the video below you will find farm raised Silver Laced Wyandottes and they are some of the prettiest chickens you will find.
This video is done with P. Allen. Smith and Dr. Keith Bramwell, an expert in Poultry Science.
Chick photo by Wiki.