New member from NC

RuanMac

In the Brooder
5 Years
Apr 17, 2014
53
3
31
Greetings everyone.
My wife and daughters are now proud owners of baby chicks! After reading what I could, where I could, and asking loads of questions at the feed store, we settled in on 5 chicks and are now sharing the bathroom counter with their brooder while I try and build a coop in the backyard. We are 1 week in, and the girls are LOVING watching the little chicks grow.(the tail feathers just came in a couple days ago)
We have 2 Americauna's, 2 Golden Sex Links, and 1 Golden lace (forgive spelling) Wyandant? We wanted a 2nd Golden lace, but the feed store had sold them all but the one we have. My wife LOVED the colorings of the adult in the picture we looked up.
As I make my lame attempt at carpentry skills, I'm going to have MANY questions. I will ask your pardon ahead of time if I become a bother.
 

1muttsfan

Free Ranging
9 Years
Mar 26, 2011
21,047
6,938
657
Upper Peninsula Michigan
Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan


Hope you ask any questions you have, there are lots of knowledgeable folks here. Wyandotte is the name of your gold laced chick's breed. Very likely you have what are called Easter Eggers, not Ameraucanas, as hatchery stock is usually inaccurately listed as purebred Ams.
 

RuanMac

In the Brooder
5 Years
Apr 17, 2014
53
3
31
Ok, since I just read a post where someone complained about having an "Easter Egger", what is the deal with them and why does it seem to be a problem for folks?
 

TwoCrows

A Native Raven
Staff member
Premium member
9 Years
Mar 21, 2011
41,046
62,290
1,492
New Mexico, USA
My Coop
My Coop


Welcome to BYC!

Congrats on the new chicks! And yes, nothing better than chick TV!! LOL Have you stopped by our learning center here on BYC yet? Lots of good reads on all the aspects of keeping poultry from building the coop, raising the babies, feeding your adult flock and keeping them happy, healthy and safe from predators...

https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center

While you are doing some reading, I am also including the link to our coops pages. Lots of great ideas here for you to incorporate into your coop...

https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/2/Coops

Great to have you aboard! If you have any questions, that is what we are here for. Welcome to our flock!
 

chickencopper

Chirping
5 Years
Apr 18, 2014
104
5
60
GA Chicken Rancher
I love my mine. I get a little unique color mixed in with the browns and whites. Plus, it really is a talk among friends when I give a dozen and throw in a green or blue. They are not everyday layers or large layers, but the only true unique layer IMO. I have followed BYC for years. So keep on askin..
 

Kelsie2290

Free Ranging
Premium member
8 Years
Feb 18, 2011
36,683
4,863
556
Ohio
Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! Sounds like you will have a pretty little flock. Yes, the laced Wyandottes are beautiful birds, such lovely coloring.
Easter Eggers are mixed breed birds that (hopefully) lay blue/green colored eggs, though a lot will not. There are two breeds Ameraucana and Araucana which lay blue eggs and are actual breeds that have written standards they have to meet to be that breed etc. Unfortunately a lot of places will sell their Easter Eggers as Ameraucana/Araucana which makes a lot of people unhappy when they find out what they actually have... here are the links to the parent clubs of the two breeds http://www.ameraucana.org/index.html and http://www.araucana.net/
 

drumstick diva

Still crazy after all these years.
Premium member
10 Years
Aug 26, 2009
125,691
177,298
1,857
Out to pasture
X 2 ditto what Kelsie said. A lot of people love Easter Eggers, they are nothing to be ashamed of. It's just unfair that some hatcheries label them as other breeds when they know full well they are not. Many hatchery breeds don't look like the true type . If you ever want show/breeder quality go to a breeder.
 

RuanMac

In the Brooder
5 Years
Apr 17, 2014
53
3
31
Well we are in the chicken game for the eggs, and for our girls to learn to care for the things that provide for us. Life lessons if you will. I don't see us caring much about breeding.
Of course....I'm sure most who are into breeding could have said the same thing all those many years ago when they got their first chicks.
Happy to be here.
I guess I should make an attempt at a post about my coop as we build it.
 
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