Hello from Santa Fe, Texas

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by zookyla, Aug 19, 2010.

  1. zookyla

    zookyla In the Brooder

    May 21, 2010
    Santa Fe, TX
    Hello Everyone,

    No that's not a typo, there is a Santa Fe, TX. It's South of Houston near Galveston. [​IMG]

    Here are my answers to the suggested questions:

    (1) Are you new to chickens / when did you first get chickens? I am new to owning my own chickens but have worked with them at the Zoo for 8 years.

    (2) How many chickens do you have right now? Will be starting my flock off with 3 hens I'm adopting from the Zoo but I plan on getting more.

    (3) What breeds do you have? I'm not sure because they came from a hatchery in a mixed batch and they are not fully mature yet. I am also interested in Buff Orpingtons, Australops, Wyandottes, Barnevelders, Welsummers, Speckled Sussex, Ameraucanas... to name a few. I want a good mix in my coop. [​IMG] My step daughter plans to raise broilers next year for 4H.

    (4) How did you find out about BackYardChickens.com? Doing a Google search to learn more about backyard chicken keeping.

    (5) What are some of your other hobbies? Horses, camping, trail riding, reading, playing mountain dulcimer

    (6) Tell us about your family, your other pets, your occupation, or anything else you'd like to share. My husband Richard and I have been married 2 & 1/2 years. His 12 yo step daughter lives with us full time. We have two dogs, a Blue Heeler and an awesome mixed breed, and a cat. Outside we have three horses and a heifer that SD raised for 4H last year. I work at a Zoo as a zookeeper, I enjoy it.

    I'm sure I will have a lot of questions as I start this chicken adventure. The "Raising Chickens for Dummies" book has been a great help! We're starting to work on our coop, after finally settling on a design and hopefully within a few weeks I'll be bringing my girls home. [​IMG]

  2. GrandmaAnn

    GrandmaAnn In the Brooder

    Aug 19, 2010
    Welcome from another newbie - you did a great job answering the questions!
  3. Gallo del Cielo

    Gallo del Cielo La Gallina Resort & Spa

    May 6, 2010
    My Coop
    [​IMG] from Tucson, AZ and [​IMG] Congratulations on your impending chickens! [​IMG]
  4. mississippifarmboy

    mississippifarmboy collects slightly damaged strays

    Welcome [​IMG] From Mississippi.
  5. BC Gal

    BC Gal In the Brooder

    Aug 8, 2010
    [​IMG] from British Columbia, Canada. Working in a zoo would be awesome!
  6. PunkinPeep

    PunkinPeep Songster

    Mar 31, 2009
    SouthEast Texas
    I don't think i have ever seen chickens at the zoo! Welcome to BYC!
  7. fratermus

    fratermus In the Brooder

    May 1, 2010
    Point, Rains county, Tx
    Quote:Are they retired petting zoo or display chickens or something? Have any pics of the chickens you could post?
  8. white01

    white01 Brady Brook Poultry

    May 11, 2010
    West Enfield,Maine
    [​IMG] from Maine [​IMG]
  9. MysticScorpio82

    MysticScorpio82 Songster

    May 2, 2009
    Maine, USA
    [​IMG] From Maine!! [​IMG]
  10. zookyla

    zookyla In the Brooder

    May 21, 2010
    Santa Fe, TX
    Thanks for the welcome everyone!

    Fratermus- They're not retired. We ordered a mixed batch of 25 standard size chickens. We kept 10 for our petting zoo and the bird department took some to add to their flock. The rest, staff are adopting. I have been wanting to start a flock of my own for a while, so I thought now was as good a time as any. I'll attach a few photos. They are not great, taken with my camera phone.

    I'm taking home two of these black and brown ones. Our best guess is they are Redcaps (rare but McMurray does carry them). I posted photos in the What is it? forum here and some thought so too.

    I'm also adopting the one on the left. I think she's a Golden Campine. Thought she was another Buttercup, like the one next to her, until we noticed her comb was different and she had more black barring than they do. She's the friendliest of the bunch.

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