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Hey y'all, I'm lookin to gain more insight on chicken and duck raising.
I want to purchase some new ones for my parents. But I personally don't know much about what breeds are good egg layers for this Texas heat.
We don't use our chickens or ducks for meat purposes, mainly for eggs and pet purposes.

My parents love chickens and ducks and all our animals are WELL loved and pretty spoiled. Lol

But last summer we had a pretty bad dealings with local coyotes and sadly all but three of our roosters are gone.

I recently rebuild our entire pen and now want to find some friends for these three guys. Lol

I'm hoping someone WAY more experienced then me can give me some advice or tell me where I can get some chickens/ ducks/ both. smile.png otherwise I'll end up going to efowl.com to get em .


Thanks for readin, hope y'all have a good one!

~ A.C.
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Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

 

You've definitely come to the right place in terms of learning about poultry raising. As far as which breeds to pick, I can't offer any insight on duck breeds. But, chickens are another story. What are you and your parents looking for in the flock? Do you want lots of eggs? Meat? Companionship? This all helps you determine which breeds to get. I, personally, would recommend Buff Orpingtons, Easter Eggers, Black Australorps, Wyandottes and Sex Links. These birds all have friendly dispositions, good reputations for egg laying capabilities and are known to be meaty. Here are a couple links further explaining breeds and how to choose them.

http://www.backyardchickens.com/products/category/chicken-breeds

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/how-to-pick-the-right-chicken-breeds-for-you

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/pickin-the-right-frickin-chicken-guide-to-picking-backyard-chicken-breeds

 

Here's a link to our duck section as well.

http://www.backyardchickens.com/f/42/ducks

 

BYC also has tons of info on building coops and preventing predators. Here's a couple good places to check out regarding this issues.

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

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

http://www.backyardchickens.com/f/9/coop-run-design-construction-maintenance

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/chicken-predators-pests-how-to-protect-treat-your-flock

 

Good luck picking some birds for your parents! I hope all goes smoothly! Feel free to ask any other questions; we are here to help.:)

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F.R.E.E.D.O.M--In order to truly appreciate true freedom, you must:
First Remember Everything Emmanuel Did On account of Mankind
-Sarah/me

Take delight in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him and He will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn... Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for Him.
-Psalm 37:4-7
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Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)

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I set fire to the rain! Watch it pour as I, touched your face. Well it burn while I cried, because I heard it screaming out your name. And I threw us into flames. I knew that was the last time, the last time...I set fire to the rain! -Adele

 

Look at my flock page! http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/bantamfan4lifes-flock

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Well a rooster can handle 10 hens, any less and they get physically damaged and overbred.  If you keep 3 roosters,  you would need at least 30 hens.  Do you want flocks that large?

 

Please put  Texas in the search box, so your state thread will pop up.  It would be good to ask what breed of chickens, or ducks can tolerate the climate you live in.  Most chickens can handle cold much better than heat.  I would suspect the same about ducks, who don't mind swimming in ice water.

 

You can also ask specific duck questions at the "Duck thread,"  Roosters really aren't good at protecting flocks from predators.  

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Welcome to BYC :frow All I can add to the above is check out the BST sectio for poultry and hatching eggs for sale:

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/f/67/buy-sell-trade

 

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