Hello and thanks!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Texas ChickenZ, Nov 28, 2008.

  1. Texas ChickenZ

    Texas ChickenZ In the Brooder

    Nov 28, 2008
    North Texas
    First time poster and first time chicken owner. My wife and I have talked about raising chickens for years but never took the plunge. In light of the recent economic downturn, and what may be on the horizon, we decided this Fall would be a good time to start. We consider it a step towards self-sufficiency in case things get really bad (I know, I sound like a kook!). Plus we've always wanted chickens.

    Soooo, we ordered 12 Red Stars and 13 Black Australorps from McMurray this fall and I started building a coop. My wife said it had to look good if it was going to be in the yard, so it took longer than I thought. Did it pretty cheap with a lot of lumber I had around, and the siding is all made of individual fence board from and old fence that was tore down. It was a lot of trouble cutting each board to length, but it looks good and was free! I did have to re-paint it though as my wife did not like the original red. Anyway, 4 weeks later it's almost finished. Still have to finish the run and a few odds and ends. We've had our chicks for 2 weeks and we love them! They provide lot's of entertainment. We also got a "bonus bird" in our order, and we eagerly await being able to identify it. The kids think the chicks are great. Here are a couple of pics of "Fort Clucks", and my already "pet hen" Hen-rietta.




    Anyway, thanks to all on the board. I've learned a lot in the past few weeks and gotten lot's of help and ideas from sifting through the message board. We don't have a clue what we are doing, but we are having fun trying!
  2. Nifty-Chicken

    Nifty-Chicken Administrator Staff Member 11 Years

    Wow, great first post!!

    Looking forward to getting to know you, your family and your flock!

  3. jacyjones

    jacyjones Songster

    Jun 9, 2008
    Aberystwyth, Wales
    Wow!! That is lovely - well done.[​IMG]
  4. tfpets

    tfpets Mmm, tastes like chicken

    Beautiful pics and set up!
    Welcome to the addiction and to the best site for enabling you on your journey in the chicken world, no matter what kind of chicken you enjoy.
    Vegetarian or carnivore, no matter what the environment, this place rocks!
    Take it easy! Enjoy!
    Tina [​IMG]
  5. hottexaschick

    hottexaschick In the Brooder

    Jul 2, 2008
    Collin County, Texas
    Howdy Texas ChickenZ [​IMG]
    Where in North Texas do you live?
    I'm in Princeton and always on the lookout for other people in the area. [​IMG]
  6. chickiebaby

    chickiebaby Songster

    Jan 2, 2008
    western mass
    Awfully nice coop and thanks for taking the time to introduce yourself so wll. Welcome!
  7. Texas ChickenZ

    Texas ChickenZ In the Brooder

    Nov 28, 2008
    North Texas
    Quote:We are about 30 miles southeast of Dallas. Out past Seagoville. We don't get up towards McKinney often but love it up there.
  8. redoak

    redoak Songster

    Feb 27, 2008
    Russia, NY

    Great coop and awesome roof
  9. BFeathered

    BFeathered Songster

    Aug 29, 2008
    North Texas
    [​IMG] Good to see more of us in the DFW area! That's a fantastic coop, great job for "free" materials". Enjoy those chicks, they grow up so fast! I'm just west of DFW airport, so I actually know where Seagoville is...! Have a blast [​IMG]
  10. chickens4jojo

    chickens4jojo Songster

    May 26, 2008
    Upstate South Carolina

    What a wonderful, good-looking coop. You did a fantastic job! [​IMG]

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