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Wojtecki Wyandottes at Dark Star Farm

Wojtecki Wyandottes at Dark Star Farm We have been working with exhibition patterned Wyandottes for over a decade.

Our goal is to revive and re-establish the patterned varieties of both large and bantam wyandotte fowl in flocks around the country. We strive to produce the best birds we can so that we can give you healthy, beautiful birds for exhibition or backyard enjoyment.

Operating as usual

Going to try to start posting more! I’m planning on doing some more video posts about the ways I take care of my birds, ...
12/27/2022

Going to try to start posting more! I’m planning on doing some more video posts about the ways I take care of my birds, my pens, talking about the birds, and more. I like sharing how I do things because if it can help just one person from wasting tons of money, time, and resources it is worth it. I don’t like keeping “secret ways” of doing things because we should all be helping each other.
Want me to talk about something specific? Post it here!
I’m also going to start sharing some posts about my art business here as well. Chickens inspired me to jump into it so I feel like everyone here would enjoy my chicken art as well! You can check out some of my stuff at Etsy.com. Look up Wojtecki Wyandottes to find me!
Hope everyone had a great holiday and stayed warm!

12/26/2022
12/26/2022

Chores at the barn

Some of this years promising birds. The partridge c**kerel is already the size of my adults! Very excited for him. Still...
12/05/2022

Some of this years promising birds. The partridge c**kerel is already the size of my adults! Very excited for him. Still lots of filling out from his gangly teenage phase.

Putting up new led lights at the barn and my helper wanted the spot light on her! Will have to post photos of the finish...
12/04/2022

Putting up new led lights at the barn and my helper wanted the spot light on her! Will have to post photos of the finished product.

Some of the progress I am making with base color (mahogany) in the partridge. A mature hen on the left that is a few yea...
11/22/2022

Some of the progress I am making with base color (mahogany) in the partridge. A mature hen on the left that is a few years old and two of the 2022 crop of birds. The male is very dark! The females have always been a struggle in getting rid of the gold in the hackle. We will see how they mature and what they look like after their 2nd adult molt.

It’s been a LONG couple weeks! We did the Ohio National Poultry Show and the following weekend the Virginia Poultry Bree...
11/21/2022

It’s been a LONG couple weeks! We did the Ohio National Poultry Show and the following weekend the Virginia Poultry Breeders Show.
At the National I was able to set up my vendor table and have a great Wyandotte breeders of America meeting bringing lots of great awards! I was overwhelmed with how many people came to my table and bought some of the crafts I have made. The Weeknd blew by and it felt like I barely saw anyone!
I got RV variety with a male silver laced bantam wyandotte in a big class. Got B.V. and RV in LF partridge and silver penciled but I was competing against myself. No big wins but I loved seeing my other wyandotte friends kick butt and win big! Congratulations to all of them for all their hard work! It makes me so happy knowing the breed is in such great breeders hands. Super excited for next year!
The VPBA show was cold but I was so happy to see my local chicken people! I got BB with a silver laced bantam hen and RB with a LF silver penciled c**k in the blue card show. No big wins on the white card show. Pretty much just winning against myself. Still a great time seeing all my friends do so well!
Now time to catch up on sleep and stuff in the studio.
I’ll get to messages and emails as soon as I can!

One of the handsome boys prepped for Ohio! Hope to see you all there and have safe travels! Also come by my vendor table...
11/08/2022

One of the handsome boys prepped for Ohio! Hope to see you all there and have safe travels!
Also come by my vendor table to say hi and check out all the fun chicken goodies I’ll be bringing!

11/06/2022

Some of the big boys after a coop cleaning. Sometimes I get asked why I keep the boys in separate pens and they “must be unhappy”. Here are all the boys with pens wide open. I was down there for about 5 hours and left their pens wide open the whole time.
For them it’s like having their own apartments. No other males to beat on them, no flock dynamics to worry about, their own water and food 24/7, extra treats, and one on one attention from me.
It’s like running a village. Some residents get along great and others have an axe to grind with each other. That’s why I still have lots of males running free because they get along. The boys locked up just don’t fair well unless they are the only males.
Keeping everyone happy is a constant because even all the girls don’t get along! Once you understand your flock and their dynamics you can make even a giant flock completely peaceful.
I currently have 4 adult males running my main flock with 20+ hens and all the babies from this year. The adults teach the young ones where to stay safe, where to hide, food, and how to behave themselves. I have done this for years and always have a happy, well man noted flock!

Before and after having a pamper session. Getting ready for the Ohio National so the birdies need to look their best! Th...
11/06/2022

Before and after having a pamper session. Getting ready for the Ohio National so the birdies need to look their best! They love when I moisturize their combs and wattles.
It’s the littles things that make a bird pop and conditioning isn’t just in the days before a show. I start prepping months in advance! Making sure they have the proper nutrition, healthy living, fresh water, happiness, and best care. All of that makes a chicken in prime condition and ready for a show! A lot of hard work goes into livestock shows from tiny chickens to huge cattle. It take passion and hard work.

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Beautiful fall view of the farm ❤️
11/02/2022

Beautiful fall view of the farm ❤️

10/31/2022

A video of one of the handsome boys! 6 months ago I was going to cull him for color because I wanted better saddle and lacing but there was something that caught my eye so I let him be. Happy I did because boy is he a ham! Been working on giving the bantam silver laced tail structure as many bantam Wyandottes look like Cochins which I greatly dislike. Still a way to go but happy at the progress!

Some handsome fellas tuning the yard
10/18/2022

Some handsome fellas tuning the yard

The struggles of working with patterned birds. The first photo is one of the best patterned silver penciled I have produ...
10/02/2022

The struggles of working with patterned birds. The first photo is one of the best patterned silver penciled I have produced from my outcross to partridge. The other photos are a hen I though looked promising from the same year and her pattern completely changed at 18 months. This is the biggest reason I use mature birds for breeding. Their pattern WILL change and sometimes for the worst. Pattern is a waiting game that many don’t have the patience for hence, why so few people have them.

10/01/2022

Chores down at the barn. Lots of rain from Ian so everyone was hanging out in the barn with me. All the babies, hens, and some of the males are running free. My favorite time is when I can have the flock loose on the grass.

Has been a bit quiet on the page due to me getting very sick with covid and bronchitis. After finally recovering I was a...
09/30/2022

Has been a bit quiet on the page due to me getting very sick with covid and bronchitis. After finally recovering I was able to make the Virginia State Fair where the Old Dominion Poultry Association hosted a wonderful double card show! It was triple the size of last years show!

White card show results -
Silver penciled wyandotte hen - best American, best of breed, best variety
Partridge wyandotte hen - reserve American, reserve breed, best variety

Red card show results -
Silver penciled hen - reserve champion large fowl, best American, best of breed, best variety
Partridge wyandotte hen - reserve breed, best variety

Can’t believe my LF silver penciled are doing so well! I’m so happy all my hard work is being recognized. They still have a long way to go but have made great progress.

Another announcement 📣
I’ll be dropping my full color sticker line soon! Working on doing all breeds and varieties of poultry, waterfowl, and land race birds! Will only have a couple breeds available but will be dropping breeds as I complete them.

Will keep you all posted!

Everybody is getting naked! Looks like feather pillow fights all over the barn and in the field.
08/30/2022

Everybody is getting naked! Looks like feather pillow fights all over the barn and in the field.

It’s molting time! Feathers everywhere and naked chickens galore. Nice thing about it is seeing a majority of the feathe...
08/29/2022

It’s molting time! Feathers everywhere and naked chickens galore. Nice thing about it is seeing a majority of the feathers have good pattern on them. Still a long way to go but not to shabby!

A partridge rock on the left and one of my partridge Wyandottes on the right. I did a mating with one of the c**k birds ...
08/20/2022

A partridge rock on the left and one of my partridge Wyandottes on the right. I did a mating with one of the c**k birds I got from a friend. We will see if I can get that nice mahogany in the hackle I have been after for years!!! Playing the genetics game is a long investment so we are waiting to see how the cross went.

08/19/2022

One of the moms I had hatch eggs for me. First time mom and she is doing great! I believe there are 9 chicks with her.
I gave them some grass to play with and good ol’ mom is telling them it’s treats not something that’s going to kill them. She is definitely going to be one of my go to moms for raising babies!

Here is a great example of lacing in the saddle on two silver laced bantam males. The male on the right has the characte...
08/17/2022

Here is a great example of lacing in the saddle on two silver laced bantam males.
The male on the right has the characteristic “diamond” you look for in the saddle but it fades to a grey tone. He is over all very silver and does not have solid black markings.
The male on the left has well defined, crisp diamonds through out the feather. Because of this he has the beautiful contrast of silver and black that makes a silver laced wyandotte.
Everyone always thinks of the lacing in the breast but sometimes forget the rest of the bird!

08/15/2022

A time lapse of me cleaning out the boys pens! They are always very happy to have fresh bedding and watch me work.
You can see how I leave some of the doors open so the boys can perch and watch. I don’t do the bottom row because the free range boys will try to jump in the pen and beat up the residence!
There is always a ton of activity with me cleaning, socializing with them, birds running under foot, and every other living thing coming through to see what I’m up too.
It is a lot of work but I find it calming.

08/11/2022

Treat time for the boys! I love giving suet cakes to the birds because they love the fat and seeds. The fat gives them a nice sheen and doing it by hand gets them more friendly for people. You can see some of the boys are a bit shy because I was holding my phone in their faces LOL.
I like my birds to be tame and “bomb” proof. I don’t tip toe around them and try to be quiet. I use a hammer, vacuum, bang stuff around, use the tractor, and everything in between around them. Getting used to all these sounds helps them stay calm and not panic at every little thing. Some of these guys have never been to a show and doing all this training before hand makes a show seem like a piece of cake.
Another key thing I train for is not to fear hands and sudden movements. When I clean pens I don’t take the birds out. I am sweeping and cleaning while they are in the pen. This teaches them that hands bring good things like food, treats, and clean bedding. They know when their pens are being cleaned and get quite excited! Who doesn’t like having a personal maid clean up for you??
Getting ready for a show is so much more than just getting the bird pretty for a show! Training starts as soon as they hatch and working with them through their whole lives make happy, tame birds!

When your cleaning pens and the boys finally get to sass each other face to face. They must have been talking a lot of s...
08/02/2022

When your cleaning pens and the boys finally get to sass each other face to face. They must have been talking a lot of smack!
All the boys pictures are large fowl silver penciled wyandotte males.

08/01/2022

Mama with a bunch of babies! With how much has been on my plate I was able to rely on the girls to hatch some birds for me. She has partridge and silver penciled babies with her. She’s a first time mom but doing great! Once the babies are big enough I will see about integrating them into the main flock. Until then it will just be mom and babies.

07/30/2022

One of my best partridge wyandotte c**k birds. I would have put him in the show but his tail is pretty ratty. He’s got the type I have been trying to get for a long time in the males. It has been a hard up hill road. His color isn’t perfect but that’s what you get with patterned birds. I’ll take the type over the color any day. Maybe he will be in condition for a fall show so people can see him in person!

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Only got a few of these hatched but really excited for this matings babies! The silver looks to be improving and the pat...
07/28/2022

Only got a few of these hatched but really excited for this matings babies! The silver looks to be improving and the patterning is “sticking”. The barred looking feathers are juvenile penciled feathers. The crisper/ cleaner the markings the better the adult plumage will be. Fingers crossed for this little pullet to turn out even better than her mother!

Loving this gal! She is a bit light in the breast but I can work with that. Her primary tail feathers are starting to co...
07/26/2022

Loving this gal! She is a bit light in the breast but I can work with that. Her primary tail feathers are starting to come in to making he even better. She also has great width. Hard to believe she is a bantam!

Let the hens hatch some babies and the coop is bustling! I’ll have to take a video of all the craziness. I have 8 hens r...
07/23/2022

Let the hens hatch some babies and the coop is bustling! I’ll have to take a video of all the craziness. I have 8 hens razing babies right now! Was nice to leave the incubation to them while my schedule has been so crazy.

Something I have been working very hard on… putting tails on my bantams! One thing that has always drove me nuts is seei...
07/14/2022

Something I have been working very hard on… putting tails on my bantams! One thing that has always drove me nuts is seeing bantam Wyandottes with bunny tails. Still a long way to go but always pleased to see a traitor I have been working toward coming to life.

Photo of the massive storm that blew through yesterday! I snapped this before battening down the hatches and running ins...
07/13/2022

Photo of the massive storm that blew through yesterday! I snapped this before battening down the hatches and running inside. Lots of flooding in our area but everything on the farm was alright.

07/09/2022
Fox Sighting

Wanted to put the game camera out at our compost pile. I lost a hen due to the heat and decided to see who would take it!
Surprisingly there was a lot of activity in this area in 24 hours. Besides the fox there was a wood chuck, turkey vulture, crows, the guineas, and the roaming chickens a LOT. FB only lets me upload one video clip at a time so I will try to upload the others at some point. It was cool to see the flurry of activity. I set it up again to see what other visitors I can see!

Some of the female silver laced wyandotte bantams running the yard. None are laying so they get a vacation on the grass....
07/07/2022

Some of the female silver laced wyandotte bantams running the yard. None are laying so they get a vacation on the grass. They like gathering under the trees and falling asleep. I think they are happy!

Been busy with things other than the farm so haven’t been able to get much of anything on the ground. Decided to hire al...
07/06/2022

Been busy with things other than the farm so haven’t been able to get much of anything on the ground. Decided to hire all the broodies to do the work for me! I currently have 7 sitting with 2 others already with babies. Thanks for helping me out girls!

06/10/2022

A quick walk around the barn. Finally got my other new coop! Very happy having quality pens for the birds. Still adding the auto watering system and labels to the new pen.

One of my goals is putting good tails on my bantams. Finally seeing the hard work pay off! Nothing I hate more than bunn...
06/02/2022

One of my goals is putting good tails on my bantams. Finally seeing the hard work pay off! Nothing I hate more than bunny tails on a wyandotte!

One of my handsome boys from a silver penciled/ partridge cross. Hard to believe he is nearly 5 years old! I keep him ar...
05/21/2022

One of my handsome boys from a silver penciled/ partridge cross. Hard to believe he is nearly 5 years old! I keep him around because he has great type, size, and markings. On top of that he helps me every year in raising the new generation of birds. Once the chicks are big enough to free range he keeps them safe, teaches the boys manors, and handles all the drama of having a large flock. Even if I never use him for breeding his knowledge as a flock leader is worth his weight in gold!

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Our Story

It all started with some backyard birds and a little show at the local fair. We started out, like lots of people, wanting some eggs and cool little chickens. After getting some birds we went to a fair and started to discover the wonderful world of exhibition poultry.

We didn’t immediately start out with show winners. We had a lot of trial and error! We had to learn the ins and outs of keeping up a coop, nutrition, predators, illness and parasites, on top of learning about all the breeds, varieties, and standards. These are all things we didn’t learn overnight. Lots of hard works and research went into keeping chickens, learning about them, and picking a particular breed. It’s isn’t a task for the feint of heart but very rewarding when you come out the other side.

Once we got the basics down we started learning about the intricacies of breeding and genetics. I find it a wonderful challenge of learning to use certain attributes to better your future birds. I have a particular fascination with complex patterns like silver laced and penciling (double laced) varieties.

I even took my fascination a step further with writing a book called “The Visual Guide to the Silver Laced Wyandotte”. While learning about silver laced wyandottes a primary road block I ran into is finding and, most importantly, understanding the knowledge I found. If I am having this kind of difficulty surely others are as well? I decided to take all the knowledge I found and put it in a easy to understand book with lots of pictures and descriptions! My goal is to share my love of wyandotte, and other poultry, with everyone. By making the information easy to undertstand I hope more and more people find it easier to pursue the wonderful journey of exhibition poultry.

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Question. My chicks are three weeks old and I want to move them from brooder box to the coop floor. Are they too young? Its a solid wood floor well bedded in fresh hay and there are no adults in the coop. Its wood walked and the vent windows are well wired against predators. I would still turn on the heat lamp at night. Our daytime temp in the coop right now is 80-100 degrees in the sunshine but coop floor has spaces of shade as the sun moves over the opaque roof. I just love these chicks and dont want to make a mistake. Thanks for your help.
Do you ship birds/chicks?
I am interested in purchasing show quality cartridge Wyandotte, do you happen to have any quads available?
Do you have partridge wyandottes or gigs for sale
Are there any Llama/Alpaca lovers out there? Please share:
These beauties (that need to be sheared) suddenly lost their owner a couple of days ago and the family is desperately trying to place them. They need a home today! They are perfectly healthy and the only other option the family will have is euthanasia if they cannot find a home for them.
We aren't set up for them here at MOP so we cannot take them. Please share far and wide to see if we can help them find a home.
Please contact 760 662 8407. They are located in Phelan. See pics on FB page for Mea Ola's Place
Hiya! Tricia, customer from Tractor Supply, I was wondering if my chicks can be sexed yet? (More in comments)
ENTER ME my family has lost everything including the home my husband and i built. ..horrible luck since his cancer diagnosis 9/19/14. Our chickens and everything chicken related LITERALLY is what got myself and our now 5 yr old son throughout ...and I've never ever won anything. ..and our son is to young to enter contest lol.
So
ENTER ME PLEASE
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Hi Dark Star Farm, when will you have some female Silver Laced Wyandotte availabl? Thank you.
Here's another sign for you
He do you ship eggs for hatching. TIA
I'm interested in some wyandotte chicks. do you ship to florida?
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