This beautiful, medium-sized, rose-combed bird was developed in the 1880s. It is described as a bird of curves as its loose, white feathering is defined by an outline of chocolate-brown color feather tips, which produce a swirling effect. The bird is full breasted and has a broad back, with femailes weight 6 1⁄2 pounds and males 8 1⁄2. The breed is named after the Wyandotte American Indian tribe of the Iroquois Nation, though it originated in New York State in the latter part of the 19th century. The Wyandotte chicken is not without faults. Undersized individuals, narrow backs and relatively poor hatches are all characteristics of this breed. Consequently, very few farmers bred the Wyandotte chicken. The ALBC’s 2003 chicken census classifies the Wyandotte in the recovering.