Breed Profile: Wyandotte

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Kassandra Smith

Senior Editor • Backyard Chicken Coops

Last Updated: 01 December 2018


Wyandottes are a docile, dual-purpose breed kept for their brown eggs and for meat. They appear in a wide variety of color patterns, and are popular show birds. Wyandottes are a favorite amongst backyard flock owners for their dependable egg laying, easygoing nature, hardiness, and the great variety of beautiful feather patterns available.

Golden laced Wyandotte chicken in backyard


  • Origin: United States
  • Size: 2.7-3.8 kg
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Purpose: Egg Layers
  • APA Recognised Colours: golden laced, silver laced, white, black, buff, Columbian, partridge and silver penciled
  • ABA Recognised Colours: buff Columbian, black breasted red, blue red, lemon blue, barred, brown red, and birchen


  • Eggs are brown or tinted
  • 200 Eggs Average Annually


Wyandottes are a fairly large chicken with a round broad body shape. They are a fully feather chicken with a deep breast and backside which means for the hens, they are good layers. The Wyandotte has yellow legs, red ear lobes and reddish eyes.


  • Hardy in Winter: Yes
  • Especially Docile: Yes
  • Personality: Wyandotte's are docile birds and the hens are excellent brooders and make good mothers.

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