Characteristics: Golden Laced Wyandottes originated in Wisconsin. They were produced by mating Silver Laced Wyandotte females with a cross-bred Partridge Cochin-Brown Leghorn cockerel.
The color pattern of the Sebright Bantam has been more or less of an ideal for breeders of Silver and Golden Laced Wyandottes. It is one that should conform to the larger size of the fowl by having more sharply defined and wider black lacing to harmonize with the broader oval center of the feather.
White Wyandottes came from sports of the Silver Laced in New York State. The feather is important in Wyandottes, especially in the White variety, where broad feathers and smooth plumage characteristic of the Wyandotte.
Buff Wyandottes were light colored Rhode Island Reds, but lacking type and off in color, they laid the foundation of Buff Wyandottes for breed, type and color. Golden and White Wyandotte crosses and Buff Cochin-White and Golden Wyandotte crosses dominated in some strains.
Black Wyandottes originated from black sports of the Silver Laced variety.
Partridge Wyandottes originated in the East and West US. The Partridge Cochin for the color patterns for both the Eastern and Western strains, but the varieties with which the Cochin were crossed differed. The Eastern strain was a Partridge Cochin-Golden Wyandotte cross; the Western strain Partridge Cochin-Cornish-Golden Wyandotte crosses.
Silver Penciled Wyandottes were produced blending two strains; one Partridge Wyandotte-Dark Brahma cross, the other, a cross of Silver Laced Wyandottes and Silver Penciled Hamburgs cross.
Columbian Wyandottes were named for the 1893 Columbian Exposition held in Chicago in 1893. This variety was produced by crossing a White Wyandotte and a Barred Plymouth Rock.