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About the Origins of Wyandottes
The Original Wyandotte was the Silver Laced variety. Some say that the Dark Brahma and/or the Chittagong, which had Malay, Shanghai or Cochin and Dorking in its background were early crosses. The most accepted idea was that the other breed used to create the Wyandotte was known as the Silver Sebright and that the Breda, Polish and Silver Hamburg (or Mooneys) were in the background of the Silver Sebright.
The four men credited with the development of the Silver Laced Wyandottes during the 1870s were H.M. Doubleday and John Ray of New York State, L. Whittaker of Michigan, and Fred Houdlette of Boston, Massachusetts. The Silver Laced Wyandotte was admitted to the American Standard of Perfection in 1883 and the description of the type for this variety became the type of the other Wyandotte varieties which followed. The Silver Laced variety was a dual-purpose bird, producing brown-shelled eggs and yellow skinned meat and were exhibited and judged for type and plumage as well as egg production. . Fred Houdlette wrote about 25 years later that the form or shape of the Wyandotte was his own idea and that he had the fight of his life to get his collaborators to agree to it.
While there were no rules on naming new breeds of fowl in the United States, most breeds are named for the locality where they originated. So there are Rhode Island Reds, Plymouth Rocks, New Hampshires, Jersey Giants and others. The Wyandotte breed name derived from a once numerous tribe of North American Indians.
The Silver Laced Wyandotte variety is unique for its black and
white color pattern of open white ovals laced with black. While the female has
lacing on breast, wings, lower tail, and body plumage, the male has the lacing
only on breast and under body plumage, with two rows of laced feathers across
the wings. The male and female have white lacing in the hackle plumage. The
male also has the white lacing in the lower tail and saddle plumage. Both male
and female have solid black main tail feathers. The male also has white wing
Joseph McKeen of Wisconsin was the originator of the Golden Laced
Wyandotte. In 1880 he crossed Silver Laced Wyandotte females with a large
"Black Red" patterned fowl called the Winnebago. The variety was admitted to
the American Standard in 1888 and soon was regarded as being equal in type to
the Silver Laced variety. The Golden Laced is the same pattern as the Silver
Laced, with a gold oval laced in black.
The White Wyandotte is a true Wyandotte as it originated as a
sport from the Silver Laced. This variety was standardized at the same date as
the Golden Laced, in 1888. No single originator was credited with its
development, although Fred Houdette, George Fowler and B.N. Briggs were the men
chiefly associated with it. The White Wyandotte
is a solid white color with yellow legs and beak.
The Black Wyandotte is another true Wyandotte as it, like the
White, is a sport of both the Silver Laced and the Golden Laced varieties.
Blacks were admitted to the American Standard in 1893. The earliest breeders
were F.J. Marshall and F.M. Clemens of Ohio, who began developing them in 1885.
This variety has not experienced the popularity in America that they have in
England, Belgium, Holland and Germany. The Black Wyandotte is solid black in
color with yellow shanks. The male has a green sheen when seen in bright
The Buff Wyandotte was also admitted to the American Standard in 1893. In the U.S., a number of strains were developed by crossing Rhode Island Reds with Silver Laced Wyandottes, golden Laced Wyandottes with White Wyandottes, and Golden Laced Wyandottes with Buff Cochins. The most successful originator was George Brackenbury of New York. The Buff Wyandotte in the early 1900s was a popular variety of the Wyandotte family. It is a rich buff with yellow shanks. The male is somewhat brighter in buff color than the female.
The Partridge Eastern and Western strain
The Partridge Wyandotte was orgiginated by O.E. Theim of Iowa and Joseph McKeen of Wisconsin, who crossed Indian Game, Golden Laced Wyandotte, Partridge Cochin and Winnebago. These birds became known as the "Western Strain." In New York state George Brackenbury crossed Golden Laced Wyandotte with Partridge Cochin and Golden Pencilled Hamburg to originate the "Eastern Strain." The variety was admitted to the American Standard in 1901. They were first called Golden Pencilled Wyandottes, and it would be well if this name remained as it describes the pattern of the female very fittingly. The color is dark brown except the female has the three pencilling marks on each feather of the body. The main tail feathers are black in both male and female. The modern male is a striking bird marked as the Red Jungle fowl, only darker in color.
The Silver Pencilled Wyandotte was originated by George
Brackenbury and Ezra Cornell of New York, who crossed Partridge Wyandotte males
with Dark Brahma females and Silver Laced Wyandotte males with Silver Pencilled
Hamburg females. They then amalgamated the results of these crosses. In 1897,
Ezra Cornell wrote that the markings on his Silver Pencilled Wyandottes were
superior to those of his Partridge Wyandottes. When he died in 1902 his enitre
flock passed to E.G. Wyckloff of Australia.
The variety was admitted to the
American Standard in 1902. John Wharton of England first bred the variety to
perfection. The pattern is that of the Partridge Wyandotte except the base
color of the plumage is white. The female has the pencilled pattern while the
male has wild Jungle Fowl plumage with white and black rather than red and black.
B. M. Briggs of Woonsocket, RI, developed the original Columbian Wyandotte in 1893. Mr. Briggs selected the name to honor the Columbian Exposition and World's Fair held in Chicago, IL, in that year. J. H. Devenstedt reported in the 1896 publication, Poultry Item, a history of the variety supplied by Mr. Briggs. "My name has always been associated with White Wyandottes, in consequence of my venture in breeding White sports from my Silver Laced variety, which appears occasionally in my broods. The rise and popularity of the White Wyandotte needs no words from me -- Nine years ago I sold a lot of White Wyandottes to an amateur fancier in Western New York who lived near me and who tried Barred Plymouth Rocks. By a mishap a cross was effected by a Barred Plymouth Rock hen and one of the White Wyandotte males, and as a result of the cross two females were hatched with clean legs, pencilled hackle and a body inclined to be white. I accepted this as a prophecy of something to come by having the general makeup of White Wyandottes with pencilled hackle and black tail, or a fowl having the color of a light Brahma and the type of the Wyandotte. I purchased these pullets, and in the following spring mated them to a fine White Wyandotte male and was pleased and encouraged by the result obtained. I could see the ideal fowl about to be realized." Mr. Briggs made it clear in his report that no Light Brahma was used in developing his strain of Columbian Wyandotte.
In 1905, the year admitted to the American Standard, 115 Columbian Wyandottes were exhibited. The plumage of the Columbian Wyandotte is white lacing on black feathers of the hackle, black in the primary feathers of the wings, white lacing on black feathers in the saddle of the male, and black main tail feathers on the main tail feathers of both male and female.
The Blue Wyandotte was admitted to the American Standard in 1977.
While I have found much on the development of the Blue Wyandotte bantam, I have
found little documentation on the development of the large fowl Blue Wyandotte.
The factor for blue plumage is found in a number of breeds, so it is a matter of
crossing one of these with the Black Wyandotte to develop the blue variety.
This blue is that of the Blue Andalusian, which is bluish slate with each
feather having a sharply defined lacing in black.
Research and (c) remain the property of Mr Edgar Petty, renowned Wyandotte authority while editing and presentation remain the (c) of Paradise Wyandottes.