Friday, February 25, 2011

Silver Laced Wyandottes

Well as soon as I get back home in April I plan to start building my Chicken coop and when it is finished I will place an order for day old chicks with Randall Burkey Company for five female and one male day old Silver Laced Wyandottes. I have considered many breeds and even thought for a while I might get a mixture of breeds but the more I think about it I want a large breed that is gentle and winter hardy so I've settled on the Wyandottes. The information below is quoted from Murrary McMurray hatchery I have ordered from them many times in the past but this time I only want a few birds and their minimum order is 25 birds.

The Silver Laced is the original Wyandotte and the other varieties were developed from it later with crosses on other breeds. It is an outstanding example of American poultry breeding ingenuity and is one of the most beautiful breeds we offer. It is colorful, hardy, and productive. The broadfeathered, smooth fitting plumage is sharply marked. The general appearance is silvery white and lustrous greenish black as each feather is edged in a contrasting color. The close-fitting rose comb and good body size are valuable assets for winter laying. Cold weather doesn't seem to bother them at all as their hardiness and vigor keep them laying straight through the winter. They lay a nicely shaped, good sized egg, varying from light to rich brown and will set some. This is another excellent variety for exhibition. Baby chicks vary from almost black to light silvery gray and many have contrasting light and dark stripes on the back.

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