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Brand New to Raising Chickens and BYC in Texas

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by jonka, Jan 22, 2013.

  1. jonka

    jonka New Egg

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    We moved from the Big City to the country. Needless to say it has been an experience. I am so excited I can hardly contain myself. I've always wanted to raise chickens, but living in the city, I didn't give it much thought. Now that I'm in the country, I think I would like to try it. No, I've never raised any type of farm animal, but I am willing to learn (I can be taught !). Starting with chickens I think will be ok because they are not very large, and I think I can learn enough (with practice) to have a great flock. I have read many of the articles on your site and appreciate the comments too ! Because I'm a TOTAL newbie, please be patient with my 'basic' questions and inquiries. I'm just trying to educate myself.

    My desire is to have the coop and the run built before I get the chicks. So now I'm looking over coop designs and picking out a location. We have 10 acres, so I've got some room for them to roam, but needed to figure out how large their area should be and how far from or close to the house they should be. I don't even know how many to start with, or what breed; but I still want to do it. I like to take it slow, but I think I'm ready (LOL).

    I do have a question regarding which breeds to purchase? I was thinking about Orpington, Australorp, Plymouth Rock and Leghorn - my question(s) - (i) will all of these breeds cooperate with each other, or do I just need to pick one type for my flock; (ii) would these breeds adapt to Texas weather; and (iii) how many do you suggest I start with?

    I'm sure this is just the first of many questions. Looking forward to learning and growing with you all. Thanks for all of your excellent advice; and yes, I do appreciate the pictures (even the graphic ones) - it lets me know what I can expect. Again, thank you.

    kwj
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC. Search the forum, ask questions, and you will be set when you get your birds.
     
  3. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Greetings from Kansas, jonka, and [​IMG]! Great to have you here! I like the breeds you have suggested. And yes, if you get them as youngsters, they will grow up as pals - Right now I have 11 different breeds out of my 19 chickens and they get along just great. They will establish a natural pecking order no matter what breeds you get. Good luck to you!
     
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    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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  5. myfinefeatheredfriends

    myfinefeatheredfriends Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome to BYC!
     
  6. Mr MKK FARMS

    Mr MKK FARMS Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC!!
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  7. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Hello and welcome to BYC [​IMG] Glad you joined us!
     
  8. willowbranchfarm

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    [​IMG] Welcome to BYC!!! Glad you joined.
     
  9. chickenpooplady

    chickenpooplady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] from Highland County Ohio and God Bless!!!
     
  10. weimarmama

    weimarmama Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Alabama. Glad you joined us.
     

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