Sawubona Chicklets and Chicksters.
With a handsome hubby from Texas, it was only a matter of time before I was whisked out of my native Zimbabwe and planted firmly here in Texas. I introduced Himself to the joys of chickens in Africa and we are now in the throes of building our new chicken palace. It involves a fair amount of ... er... discussion... and lots of hard work.
I'm thrilled to find this website and forum and look forward to some happy interactions with you all.
While I have no idea what breed our African chickens were; they were big, excellent layers, never sat on eggs. The rooster was a loud, cocky and beautiful fella who protected his "girls" fiercely. We called him Ferdinand Feathers, or Ferdie, for short. He used to terrorize the guards and the gardener, but never chased us. We never figured out why.
Our first coop was very small, built out of wooden packing crates for international shipping. At the back were egg boxes. They never used them. The hens laid their eggs in the guardhouse.
We didn't have the predators that we have here in Texas to deal with. We only had to protect the roost and run from snakes. Our chooks were only in the coop and run from dusk til dawn. The guards would shut them in at night (about 6pm) and they would be let out again in the morning (about 6am) to roam our 17,000 square foot garden.
I'll post some pics of the new coop once we're done.
Nice to meet y'all! (See, I'm learning Texan.)