1. If this is your first time on BYC, we suggest you start with one of these three options:
    Raising Chickens Chicken Coops Join BYC
    If you're already a member of our community, click here to login & click here to learn what's new!

Hello from mansfield, Texas!!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Mamahen90, Feb 20, 2016.

  1. Mamahen90

    Mamahen90 New Egg

    2
    0
    7
    Feb 20, 2016
    Hey y'all, I'm lookin to gain more insight on chicken and duck raising.
    I want to purchase some new ones for my parents. But I personally don't know much about what breeds are good egg layers for this Texas heat.
    We don't use our chickens or ducks for meat purposes, mainly for eggs and pet purposes.

    My parents love chickens and ducks and all our animals are WELL loved and pretty spoiled. Lol

    But last summer we had a pretty bad dealings with local coyotes and sadly all but three of our roosters are gone.

    I recently rebuild our entire pen and now want to find some friends for these three guys. Lol

    I'm hoping someone WAY more experienced then me can give me some advice or tell me where I can get some chickens/ ducks/ both. :) otherwise I'll end up going to efowl.com to get em .


    Thanks for readin, hope y'all have a good one!

    ~ A.C.
     
  2. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

    28,307
    4,130
    508
    Apr 23, 2014
    At our lodge
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    You've definitely come to the right place in terms of learning about poultry raising. As far as which breeds to pick, I can't offer any insight on duck breeds. But, chickens are another story. What are you and your parents looking for in the flock? Do you want lots of eggs? Meat? Companionship? This all helps you determine which breeds to get. I, personally, would recommend Buff Orpingtons, Easter Eggers, Black Australorps, Wyandottes and Sex Links. These birds all have friendly dispositions, good reputations for egg laying capabilities and are known to be meaty. Here are a couple links further explaining breeds and how to choose them.
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/products/category/chicken-breeds
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/how-to-pick-the-right-chicken-breeds-for-you
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/...cken-guide-to-picking-backyard-chicken-breeds

    Here's a link to our duck section as well.
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/42/ducks

    BYC also has tons of info on building coops and preventing predators. Here's a couple good places to check out regarding this issues.
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/2/Coops
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/9/coop-run-design-construction-maintenance
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/chicken-predators-pests-how-to-protect-treat-your-flock

    Good luck picking some birds for your parents! I hope all goes smoothly! Feel free to ask any other questions; we are here to help.[​IMG]
     
    1 person likes this.
  3. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Water Under the Bridge Premium Member

    84,499
    3,755
    628
    Jun 15, 2012
    Washington
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     
  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    77,251
    5,507
    686
    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Well a rooster can handle 10 hens, any less and they get physically damaged and overbred. If you keep 3 roosters, you would need at least 30 hens. Do you want flocks that large?

    Please put Texas in the search box, so your state thread will pop up. It would be good to ask what breed of chickens, or ducks can tolerate the climate you live in. Most chickens can handle cold much better than heat. I would suspect the same about ducks, who don't mind swimming in ice water.

    You can also ask specific duck questions at the "Duck thread," Roosters really aren't good at protecting flocks from predators.
     
  5. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    35,707
    6,737
    616
    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by