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Wyandotte Bantams

Posted: Sat Aug 01, 2020 12:00 pm
by Mitsy
Hi everyone,

I was just wondering about the colours of Wyandotte bantam we have here in NZ. There are many colour varieties listed in the standard, but not many breeders of these mentioned on the rare breeds website. I can only see (specifically listed) breeders of partridge, silver pencilled, lavender, and black bantam wyandottes. Some other colours I would be interested in are buff, mottled, millifleur, and tolbunt.
Also, what is the laying performance of these bantams like? And their noise profile?

Many thanks!

Re: Wyandotte Bantams

Posted: Sun Aug 02, 2020 9:29 am
by Marina
Hi Mitsy,

there are a lot of colours in the standard which are not in existence in New Zealand. I have never seen proper mille fleur or tolbunt in any breed here in NZ. There are Spangled Pekins and Speckled Sussex but they don't (this word has been added later) have Columbian and are therefore not Mille Fleur genetically. Add lacing and you get Tolbunt. Not sure what the game bantams are geneticaly but I'm pretty sure the males have black chest feathers which means they are not Mille Fleur.

Laying wise Wyandotte bantams are pretty good. Their eggs are very big for their body size. They are about a quarter of the body weight of a large fowl Wyandotte and their egg is about half the size of that of a large fowl. They go broody on a regular basis and don't lay while broody. They make excellent mothers. They are great little layers!

Noisiness is an individual thing in most breeds. Araucanas are exceptionaly noisy and so are large fowl Partridge Wyandottes. The Partridge Wyandotte bantams we had were not noisy and we recently stayed at a place where they had dozens of Lavender Wyandotte bantams, several roosters included, and there was not that much noise.

Re: Wyandotte Bantams

Posted: Mon Aug 03, 2020 5:11 pm
by Mitsy
Hi Marina,

Thank you very much for your reply, that info is very interesting and helpful.
Another novice question: why are they not real millie fleurs if they have columbian? All the things I've read online about making millie fleur say they have to have columbian, mottling and genes for a red/buff background. (This was mainly from backyard chickens.com, and another site too.). I have only these sources to learn from (and books too of course), so it's good to hear from someone who has experience of these things :)

Many thanks!

Re: Wyandotte Bantams

Posted: Wed Aug 05, 2020 8:56 am
by Marina
You can only see in the males whether he is Mille Fleur or or Speckled/Spangled. Mille Fleur males have no black in their chest as the Columbian restricts it to the hackle. In females the difference is not visible as far as I know.

I just re-read what I wrote and I made a mistake. They do have to have Columbian to be Mille Fleur. Without Columbian they are Spangled or Speckled. Very sorry about this. I'll correct this in my previous post.

Re: Wyandotte Bantams

Posted: Thu Aug 06, 2020 9:41 pm
by Mitsy
Thank you Marina for your help! :)