My name is Tim and I live in East Texas in a little town called Nacogdoches.
My father-in-law and brother-in-law both have large backyard flocks of chickens (60-80 birds) and they have been on me for months about how I needed to have chickens too. I was dead set against it.
With 4 children, three dogs and two cats I felt I was already fighting above my weight class. I didn't need to add to the hassle.
Well, my brother-in-law and my youngest son set about building a coop at his house with the plans of bringing it over to our house along with three hens. My son begged and begged, swore he would care for the birds, he would be super responsible. You know the drill.
So, one evening I get the call that the house and the birds are on their way. We got it setup and the birds installed. I told my boy that the chickens were his responsibility. I was not going to lift a finger to help. He was fine with that.
So, fast forward a few weeks. The girls got bigger and started supplying us with brown, blue and green eggs. Those dark orange yolks were delicious.
The girls started to grow on me. I found myself out in the backyard feeding them clover, talking to them and carrying them around. They won me over.
So I started on a new coop.
Several years back I built a backyard fort for my two boys and two girls to play in. They have outgrown it for the most part and I thought it would make a perfect coop. So I made some alterations, put up some fencing for a chicken run and here we are.
We are planning on getting another 20 birds or so from a local friend who is hatching several different breeds.
Now if I can just keep our dachshunds from trying to eat them.
The continuation of this adventure can be found here - https://www.backyardchickens.com/threads/i-didnt-want-chickens.1173026/