I bought an old German farmstead in Boerne, Texas 4 years ago. When I saw the historic barn I thought, "This barn needs some chickens!" A neighbor gave me two production red chicks. When I managed to raise Thelma and Louise to egg bearing age, I was so thrilled I started ordering more hens but no roosters because I live in town. I now have 21 hens, each a different variety, and I've got a brooder box full of new chicks! I use one of my hens as a therapy hen. I find that seniors love to see a hen as many seniors had chickens when they were young. One lady clapped her hands and exclaimed, "This is the most fun I've had since I was a girl!" I felt like crying.
I would like to start a backyard chicken group here in Boerne. My biggest concern is chicken health and the lack of local vets who will see chickens. These gals are my pets! Why can't I get veterinary care like I do for my dog, cat, or (if I had one) a parakeet?