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 Texas, USA

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Ricky Tricky, Sep 19, 2013.

  1. Ricky Tricky

    Ricky Tricky New Egg

    3
    0
    7
    Sep 19, 2013
    Hi all,
    I'm, more or less, a city boy living in a suburban area and I'm brand new to chickens. I live in an area that rarely sees freezing temps, even in the dead of winter. I don't have any birds yet but I have built a tractor that I think will be good for 3 to 4 hens. I'll not keep rooster's out of respect for my neighbors, I just want good egg production. I'm leaning toward red stars from what I've read so far but any suggestions on quieter breeds that will do well in my situation will be appreciated. Thanks for all the useful info I have gained from this site already. It's a pleasure to share and learn from you all.

    RT
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
     
  2. HoneyDreameMom

    HoneyDreameMom Out Of The Brooder

    82
    4
    31
    Aug 5, 2013
    [​IMG] Love the pics of your tractor! There are lots of great chicken breeds - I'm partial to Speckled Sussex and Marans. Our hens are fairly quiet and they're very good natured...the roosters on the other hand...If you're trying to keep things quiet for your neighbors, no roosters is probably a good plan.
     
  3. griffinlairfarm

    griffinlairfarm Out Of The Brooder

    20
    2
    24
    Aug 19, 2013
    Justin, TX
    [​IMG]I agree with HoneyDreameMom. Speckled Sussex are fantastic; they are very personable and mellow. I have four of them, and they are clowns. My marans are also full of personality (I have blue, black, wheaten, and splash). They are all a lot of fun, and keep me on my toes. I also have Americaunas and Brahmas. The Americaunas lay a lovely blue egg, and though they are a bit more moody than my other breeds; they are still great birds (no problems with them being mean or anything like that). Brahmas are my favorite. They are sweet with fantastic personalities, but they are BIG, and need a little extra shade in the Texas heat, but they are real beauties.

    In your situation I think Sussex or Marans would be great. They are relatively quiet, lay about 5 or 6 eggs a week. The Maran eggs are known for their phenomenal flavor. Anyway hope this helps.
    Feel free to ask questions because the forum is great about answering them.
     
    Last edited: Sep 19, 2013
  4. Ricky Tricky

    Ricky Tricky New Egg

    3
    0
    7
    Sep 19, 2013
    Thanks for the speedy replies. I'll check further into the SS right now.
     
  5. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    35,983
    7,438
    646
    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    Welcome to BYC [​IMG] Glad you joined us!
     
  6. JonClucken

    JonClucken Out Of The Brooder

    25
    0
    22
    Sep 14, 2013
    Austin Tx
    Welcome to BYC that is an awesome looking tractor!. I'm Thinking about building one for some extra birds.
     
  7. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Out of the Woods Premium Member

    84,499
    3,781
    646
    Jun 15, 2012
    Washington
    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]
     
  8. liz9910

    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

    12,406
    490
    338
    Apr 8, 2012
    Northern California
    Welcome to BYC!
     
  9. glendaschicks

    glendaschicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    139
    2
    69
    Jul 26, 2013
    Welcome! Coop looks great. Good luck.
     
  10. Mr MKK FARMS

    Mr MKK FARMS Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    33,753
    694
    428
    Sep 27, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! Glad you joined us! [​IMG]
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by