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Hi!  frow.gif

 

We are a family of three (plus a cat and a min-pin) who currently live on a military base in central NJ, but have purchased what we hope will be our "forever home" on 3 acres outside Granbury, TX.  We will be moving to our new home in May and we will be there for a year while my husband serves a remote tour.  We are hoping that his follow on assignment will be in North Texas, but failing that we have only two more years till retirement (woot!)

 

My husband casually mentioned that "when we get settled I'd like to get some chickens." and I did thisep.gif.

 

But, being the good wife, I started researching chickens.  Now I have about 30 bookmarks, some new books, and have read multiple websites researching chicks, coops, materials, food, chickens in gardens, etc., etc., and furthermore!

 

Now that I'm all excited I have a ton of questions, but I'll go and try to find the right places to post them.  Luckily for my family's sanity I can't actually do any purchasing for awhile (it will be early June by the time we get back from my husband's change of command).

 

One question that probably doesn't have a proper place, so I'll go ahead and ask it now.  I can "guarantee" that we will be in this home for 1 year.  After that it is anybody's guess for the next two years until retirement.  Would it be silly to raise some chicks just for the year?  Obviously if we can stay there it would be awesome, but if we have to move again is it cruel/irresponsible/unethical to get chicks knowing that I'd have to sell them or give them away?  I wouldn't do that with another pet (dog, cat), but I don't know of a single military base that would allow me to keep chickens in housing. big_smile.png

 

Thanks in advance for all the great advice, I've already been helped a great deal!

 

P.S. I promise NEVER to ask what DE is!

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welcome-byc.gif  Thanks to your husband for serving!  Good luck with your move.

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post #3 of 14

Greetings from Kansas, and welcome-byc.gif!  I also salute the military service of your husband.

No, I don't think it would be unethical if you had to move after a year.  Depending on your intentions with the birds (meat, eggs, enjoyment, all of the above), it is reasonably easy to re-home them as it's not too hard to get people to accept chickens.  You may have to research the type of owner you want to leave them with (wouldn't want your babies on tomorrow night's menu if that was not what you had in mind for them) and ask a lot of questions.  Just start the process early.  I hope it's all a moot point and you get to stay in TX and raise them all by yourselves!  Good luck to you!
 

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Life's tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late.  - Ben Franklin
If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn't sit for a month.  - Teddy Roosevelt
 

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I never considered a difference in opinion, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend.  - Thomas Jefferson
Life's tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late.  - Ben Franklin
If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn't sit for a month.  - Teddy Roosevelt
 

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New greeting from Oregon! lol

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post #6 of 14

Hello and welcome to BYC frow.gif I think if you are going to be in one place for a year, you should get some chickens, but be prepared to get attached to them and that you may find it hard to part with them if the time comes. And I'm not answering, promise: http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/food-grade-de-diatomaceous-earth wink.png

 

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“Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.” 

 

~ Shel Silverstein
 

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post #7 of 14

Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan big_smile.png

 

Spring is a good time to get chickens, lots of chicks around.  It is usually not too hard to find homes for year-old hens, as they are often laying well at that time and have lots of time left to lay - although you may find it hard to give them up.

Home of the world's cutest dachshund, one crazy blue heeler, two cats,
              one fat pony, and many (but not too many!) chickens

              Can anyone tell me, how many are too many chickens?

 



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Home of the world's cutest dachshund, one crazy blue heeler, two cats,
              one fat pony, and many (but not too many!) chickens

              Can anyone tell me, how many are too many chickens?

 



My Chickens
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 Say NO to Crested Ducks!                     Common Chicken Practices          Learn more about Avian Influenza

 

 

 

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post #9 of 14

Hello and welcome from Ohio....so glad you joined us. Hope you get to stay and keep your chickens fl.gif

post #10 of 14

welcome-byc.gif  from Highland County Ohio and God Bless!!!

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