Hello from NJ, soon to be TX!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by we3ernes, Jan 7, 2013.

  1. we3ernes

    we3ernes Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 2, 2013
    China Spring, Texas
    Hi! [​IMG]

    We are a family of three (plus a cat and a min-pin) who currently live on a military base in central NJ, but have purchased what we hope will be our "forever home" on 3 acres outside Granbury, TX. We will be moving to our new home in May and we will be there for a year while my husband serves a remote tour. We are hoping that his follow on assignment will be in North Texas, but failing that we have only two more years till retirement (woot!)

    My husband casually mentioned that "when we get settled I'd like to get some chickens." and I did this[​IMG].

    But, being the good wife, I started researching chickens. Now I have about 30 bookmarks, some new books, and have read multiple websites researching chicks, coops, materials, food, chickens in gardens, etc., etc., and furthermore!

    Now that I'm all excited I have a ton of questions, but I'll go and try to find the right places to post them. Luckily for my family's sanity I can't actually do any purchasing for awhile (it will be early June by the time we get back from my husband's change of command).

    One question that probably doesn't have a proper place, so I'll go ahead and ask it now. I can "guarantee" that we will be in this home for 1 year. After that it is anybody's guess for the next two years until retirement. Would it be silly to raise some chicks just for the year? Obviously if we can stay there it would be awesome, but if we have to move again is it cruel/irresponsible/unethical to get chicks knowing that I'd have to sell them or give them away? I wouldn't do that with another pet (dog, cat), but I don't know of a single military base that would allow me to keep chickens in housing. [​IMG]

    Thanks in advance for all the great advice, I've already been helped a great deal!

    P.S. I promise NEVER to ask what DE is!
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    [​IMG] Thanks to your husband for serving! Good luck with your move.
  3. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings from Kansas, and [​IMG]! I also salute the military service of your husband.
    No, I don't think it would be unethical if you had to move after a year. Depending on your intentions with the birds (meat, eggs, enjoyment, all of the above), it is reasonably easy to re-home them as it's not too hard to get people to accept chickens. You may have to research the type of owner you want to leave them with (wouldn't want your babies on tomorrow night's menu if that was not what you had in mind for them) and ask a lot of questions. Just start the process early. I hope it's all a moot point and you get to stay in TX and raise them all by yourselves! Good luck to you!
  4. LavanderSplash

    LavanderSplash Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 7, 2013
    Portland Oregon
    New greeting from Oregon! lol
  5. willowbranchfarm

    willowbranchfarm Chicken Boots

    Oct 3, 2011
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC :)
  6. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
  7. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 26, 2011
    Upper Peninsula Michigan
    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan [​IMG]

    Spring is a good time to get chickens, lots of chicks around. It is usually not too hard to find homes for year-old hens, as they are often laying well at that time and have lots of time left to lay - although you may find it hard to give them up.
  8. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Dec 22, 2009
  9. DDNONIN2016

    DDNONIN2016 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 27, 2012
    SW Ohio
    Hello and welcome from Ohio....so glad you joined us. Hope you get to stay and keep your chickens [​IMG]
  10. chickenpooplady

    chickenpooplady Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 16, 2012
    My Coop
    [​IMG] from Highland County Ohio and God Bless!!!

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