The Blue Laced Red Wyandotte is one of the most breathtaking breeds that we have to offer. This popular dual purpose breed holds desirable traits most backyard chicken keepers look for. They have proven themselves to be a friendly, healthy and hardy breed. Even the males are well mannered towards humans. Abundant, fluffy feathering and close-fitting rose combs make them excellent birds suited for low temperatures. This vigorous and cold hardy breed adapts well to confinement, but thrives in a free range environment. They typically lay around 200 light brown (with a pink bloom), medium size eggs per year. However, our main focus is the overall type and coloration of the bird.
Our Wyandottes stand out for their blue lacing and deep mahogany color. We do NOT carry hatchery Blue Laced Red Wyandottes! Our main flock is derived from Jerry Foley. This bloodline is noted for its stunning and near perfect blue lacing around a deep mahogany red. Show stock is more typical for Jerry Foley’s line, as he concentrates more on body type and coloration. We've been incredibly pleased with the pigeon blue and dark mahogany red our flock produces. Our Wyandottes exhibit the correct type, size and color.
Like any blue breed of chicken, the Blue Laced Red Wyandottes will produce blue, black, and splash laced offspring. These three different color phases are caused by the Andalusian blue gene and these three colors are the same breed. To maintain color quality in our flock, we use only blue and black phase birds as breeding stock. Elk Valley Farm only offers BLRW chicks in an as-hatched mix of color phases. This means that whatever ratio of colors that are naturally hatched on that day is what is available for sale. The blue and black phase chicks are nearly indistinguishable from each other when they hatch and cannot be sold separately.
Here is a chart for what color progeny you will get when breeding the three color phases.
Blue x Blue = 50% Blue, 25% Black, 25% Splash
Blue x Black = 50% Blue, 50% Black
Blue x Splash = 50% Blue, 50% Splash
Black x Black = 100% Black
Black x Splash = 100% Blue
Splash x Splash = 100% Splash
Many breeders choose to breed only blue to blue and blue to black to retain desirable dark coloration in the birds.