Wyandotte chicken farming is common and popular in the United States and some other countries. It is one of the prettiest and good looking breed of the poultry world, and that’s why it is much popular among the poultry keepers.
The Wyandotte chicken is not a pure breed, and it was originated in the U.S. in the 1870’s. The breed was made of mostly Sebrights and Cochins (experts agree that Brahmas and Spangled Hamburgs were used in developing the breed).
The Wyandotte chickens are excellent for eggs production. Although they are classified as a dual-purpose breed. They are very strong and hardy birds. They are also very productive and lay eggs right through the winter.
They are extremely cold hardy and can tolerate low temperature and survive in the winter. Their striking and contrasting plumage make them a particular standout in the flock.
Along with eggs and meat production, Wyandotte chicken farming is also popular for their beauty. They come with different color varieties. But the Silver Laced Wyandotte chicken variety is the most common and most popular variety among the poultry keepers (and Silver Laced variety is the original variety of this breed).
However, as this breed is prolific so starting commercial Wyandotte chicken farming will be a profitable business. The breed is also very good for meat production. So you can target for selling both meat and eggs.
How to Start Wyandotte Chicken Farming
The Wyandotte chickens are very strong and hardy birds. They generally require less caring and other management. So starting a commercial Wyandotte chicken farming business is relatively easy. Here we are trying to describe more information about starting and operating a successful Wyandotte chicken farming business from purchasing birds to caring and marketing.
First of all, you have to purchase very good quality, healthy and disease free birds for starting Wyandotte chicken farming business. You can either purchase day old chicks or mature birds depending on the availability in your area. But if you prefer purchasing day old chicks, then you have to take extra care of the chicks.
You can purchase Wyandotte chickens from any of your nearest chicken breeding centers or existing farms (if there are any). You can also consider searching your local online classified websites.
Making a good, secure and comfortable house is important for Wyandotte chicken farming business. Because, a good house not only helps the birds to stay healthy but also helps them to stay free from all types of predators and adverse weather conditions. So, try to make a very good and comfortable house for your birds.
The Wyandotte chickens can be raised in both confined and free range system. But they will do better and produce quality products if you can raise them in free range system. Generally each mature Wyandotte chicken will require about 5 square feet of housing space.
Install good ventilation system inside the house and ensure flow of sufficient amount of fresh air and light. And try to make the house in such a way so that you can easily clean the house.
Feeding the birds with very good quality and nutritious food is the most important part of Wyandotte chicken farming business. Good and nutritious food helps the birds to grow better and also keeps them healthy. So, always try to feed your birds with very good quality, fresh and nutritious foods.
You can either feed your chickens with ready-made/commercial poultry feeds or prepare the feeds of your own. But never feed your chickens with contaminated feeds, and ensure that the feed is enriched with required nutrition.
Along with providing good quality feeds, always try to provide your birds with enough clean and fresh drinking water as per their demand.
Like many other domestic chicken breeds, the Wyandotte chickens are also naturally very good breeders. But you have to keep good ratio of hens and roosters for producing fertile eggs. Generally one mature rooster is enough for breeding around 10 hens.
The Wyandotte chickens are very easygoing and gentle birds. But they have a tendency toward dominating other birds in the flock and have strong personalities. They are very good foragers and prefer to free range. They are little noisy and the hens are good mothers.
They are very energetic birds and they generally require less caring and other management. Although taking additional caring will ensure good health and also good growth of the birds. Vaccinate them timely and keep good contact with a vet in your area.
Marketing chicken products will not be a problem. Because, chicken products have very good demand and value in the market. And you will probably be able to easily sell your products in your local market. Although, you should set your marketing strategies before starting this business.
These are the common steps and ways for starting and operating a successful Wyandotte chicken farming business. Hope this guide has helped you! Good luck!