Greetings, new member starting out! Middle TN

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by TNHouseSwyft, Dec 10, 2014.

  1. TNHouseSwyft

    TNHouseSwyft In the Brooder

    Dec 10, 2014
    Middle TN
    Greetings all!

    New member here, I found this website while researching raising chickens, and found a plethora of information available. After browsing through multiple threads searching for information (from breed types to feed and learning that chickens eat mice!), I figured it would be worth it to register here since I will almost certainly be back looking for information again!

    A little background:

    I'm from Middle TN, born and raised (and often get a strange look when I say this because, evidently, I do not have a southern accent).
    I know a few people that have and raise chickens. I cite part of my motivation to them after hearing how fun and simple it is... plus their eggs have always been great.

    My wife and I recently moved, and we are currently living on a little over 8 acres, on which already sits a cinder block constructed chicken-coop. (I would lie if I said this didn't play a part in my desire to purchase this house). Although the chicken coop has not been used in several years for raising chickens, I could see us making repairs so it would serve for a larger flock (if I fully get hooked).

    In the meantime, I plan on starting small, rather than diving right in. So, some of the threads I have visited so far are: Pickin' Chickens, Advice for First-Timers, and the Middle TN thread.

    From the Pickin' thread, I'm leaning towards the Australorp and Rhode Island Red breeds for our first choice.
    For any TN or TN-like climate members, any input for or against that choice?
    #1 purpose is for the eggs, #2 would be the fringe benefit of insect control then #3 possibly for meat down the road.

    Again, I'm already impressed with this site, and look forward to researching and learning as much as I can from you all before we start our first flock!
  2. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Bird is the Word

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    This IS the place to be for all the fun and learning! We are just bursting at the seams with knowledge.

    Black Australorps and Rhode Island Reds are great layers as well as good meat birds. I keep Black Australorps and wow, don't get attached to any of these if you plan on sending them to the table. Aussies are VERY affectionate, love to lap sit and are real love hounds. So you might want to love the Aussies and eat the RIR's. LOL Plymouth Barred Rocks are also great on the laying and meaty birds. Lots of good dual purpose breeds out there.

    Make yourself at home here! If you have any questions along the way, that is what we are here for.

    Enjoy this wonderful adventure you are on and welcome to our flock!
  3. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Crowing

    May 14, 2014
    Welcome to BYC! Glad you decided to join our flock. A lot of us were lurkers before joining. Black Australorps are my favorite standard breed. I've raised them for years (along with dozens of other breeds), and they are extremely hardy, calm and gentle (my children, and now my granddaughter, made lap pets of them), and the best layers of the standard brown egg laying breeds. I've also raised RIRs and they are very hardy and excellent layers as well, but they can sometimes be aggressive (especially the roosters). Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Good luck with your flock.
  4. TNHouseSwyft

    TNHouseSwyft In the Brooder

    Dec 10, 2014
    Middle TN
    Thank you for the welcome!

    My wife likes the idea of potentially having an Aussie lap pet. I liked them for their known laying abilities. It's good to hear backup to what we've read.

    Thanks again!
  5. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]We're glad to have you.

    Australorps are a good breed, though I've never raised them. I've had one Rhode Island Red. She's been a good layer, but is not overly friendly. I would suggest the Wyandotte as another possible breed. Mine have done well in temperatures ranging from below 0 degrees to 100 degrees. Mine have been very good layers of over 250 eggs each year and are the most personable and friendly of my birds.
  6. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Crowing

    May 14, 2014
    You're welcome.
  7. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    [​IMG] Glad you joined us!
  8. TheNuttyChick

    TheNuttyChick Songster

    May 20, 2012
  9. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Welcome to Backyard chickens, so glad you joined the flock [​IMG]

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