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post #11 of 14
Yay East Texas! We recently moved away from there for work, but I went to school at SFA and I LOVE the Nacogdoches area!

For egg layers you need to consider how many eggs you want per week and if you want it to be consistent throughout the year. Of course, during molting and during the hottest/coldest times of the year, egg production will slow down some.

Our first flock had 10 sex links to start with. When these girls were 4-5 months old, they laid about 1 egg per day, almost every day of the week. They lay faithfully during the winter when other chickens usually slow down (because of less sunlight). We started selling to Dad's friends at work and later at our small, local farmers market. We ate a lot of eggs until we got regular customers. Save up those egg recipes!

I'd say start with 5-10 chickens. Always plan on losing 2-4 (because that always seems to happen).

Keep the chickens in an enclosed coop at night because there are raccoons, coyotes, foxes, skunks, and other people's dogs who will grab an easy meal if they can get them!

With ducks and chickens, try to have 1-2 males per 10 females. Otherwise they will wear the girls out and pull too many feathers!

Our red sex links did fine in the Texas heat. I've heard Black Astrolorps do well too. Best to give them plenty of shade.

Enjoy your growing your new flock!

Got married, moved, and now starting over in the boonies of South/Central Arkansas with only three guinea pigs and no chickens. Parents still have the farm in Texas (Gibson Acres Farm). 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/gibson-acres-farm-swap-page

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Got married, moved, and now starting over in the boonies of South/Central Arkansas with only three guinea pigs and no chickens. Parents still have the farm in Texas (Gibson Acres Farm). 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/gibson-acres-farm-swap-page

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post #12 of 14
Hello!

Welcome to BYC and the coop! There's a lot of great peeps here! Feel free to ask lots of questions. But most of all, make yourself at home. I'm so glad you decided to join the BYC family. I look forward to seeing you around BYC. Sounds like a beautifully mixed flock you have there. smile.png
Did a moth know that the flame was going to change her life forever, or did she simply fly towards that heated embrace, knowing it would offer her something she couldn't give herself? In the end, the answer didn't really matter. The moth had never wanted the choice. -Joey W. Hill-
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Did a moth know that the flame was going to change her life forever, or did she simply fly towards that heated embrace, knowing it would offer her something she couldn't give herself? In the end, the answer didn't really matter. The moth had never wanted the choice. -Joey W. Hill-
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post #13 of 14
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Thank you for the warm welcome! We are excited to be here!
We just got the newest members of our feathered family. 6 EE mixes that are a week old. The little yellow one's right foot is splayed and his left is curled. sad.png He/she is doing better after 24 hours of binding but it will probably have to go back on (as advised by some BYC members). sad.png

We are excited to see these beauties grow!



Sweetie



We have more chickens and some ducks on the way! Can't wait! smile.png
Edited by lillyrosesmum - 2/23/16 at 12:31pm
post #14 of 14

I found an egg color chart made by another BYC member. Thought you might like to see the future egg colors!

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/egg-color-chart-find-out-what-egg-color-your-breed-lays

Got married, moved, and now starting over in the boonies of South/Central Arkansas with only three guinea pigs and no chickens. Parents still have the farm in Texas (Gibson Acres Farm). 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/gibson-acres-farm-swap-page

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Got married, moved, and now starting over in the boonies of South/Central Arkansas with only three guinea pigs and no chickens. Parents still have the farm in Texas (Gibson Acres Farm). 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/gibson-acres-farm-swap-page

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