Hello from Texas

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Julientx, Jan 4, 2009.

  1. Julientx

    Julientx Hatching

    Jan 4, 2009
    Ft. Worth, TX
    My name is Julie and I am currently a stay at home mom. We LOVE pets. We just can't have enough, although my husband would probably disagree [​IMG] . We currently have 2 chinese pugs, 3 cats, 1 toad and 1 rat. I have a large backyard and I am home practically 24/7. I am int he middle of planning my 1st attempt at a small vegetable garden, and I was thinking how much fun it would be for my girls and me to raise a chicken, for a pet. I have been researching and I think we want a Silkie or possibly a Bantam. I have zero experience hatching or raising chickens. I would love to hatch my own, but I do not know if that would be the best idea. So I was for information on hatching, or possibly purchasing a newly hatched chick to hand raise as part of our family. Just one for right now, as we're new to chickens. I also have questions on where to keep a chicken. We have a nice back yard, but I see a lot of people actually keep theirs in their house?

    Maybe some of you might have some ideas or suggestions for me. I am completely new. I have other questions to. I have heard they can be nice pets and that they are really not very noisy, the females anyways. Anyways, feel free to e-mail me with your thoughts. Thanks everyone!

    Thank you all for your time! [​IMG]

    E-Mail: [email protected]
  2. B. Saffles Farms

    B. Saffles Farms Mr. Yappy Chickenizer

    Nov 23, 2008
    Madisonville, TN
    [​IMG] from TN.
  3. mizauntcathy'shenhouse

    mizauntcathy'shenhouse Songster

    Sep 18, 2008
    Huntsville, TX
    Hello and welcome fellow Texan. You've come to the right site to find out all of those things, but careful...it can be very addictive.

  4. Julientx

    Julientx Hatching

    Jan 4, 2009
    Ft. Worth, TX
    Thank You! I'll be in often. I have lots to learn! Plus, what a friendly group you guys have! Take care!
  5. congdon476

    congdon476 GaLLiNa LOcA

    Dec 31, 2008
    Pueblo Area

    I am just starting out on the same idea myself. I have 2 kiddos, but am a SAHM 24/7. I thought a small coop out back with 3-6 hens would be nice for having fresh eggs. I ordered my first set of day-old chicks yesterday and they should be here at the end of the month. I thought about hatching, but the incubators are big $$ unless you are crafty enough to make your own... even then, if you are only looking for one chicken, a local breeder maybe your best bet.

    If you go to mypetchicken.com there is an online thing on the left at the bottom of the page that will help you figure out the best breed of chicken for your family. Most people here have agreed with the findings when I asked about kid-friendly chickens that it listed.

    If you read through the posts and the "information" section on this website you will find just about everything you need! I love this website and it can be very addicting to those of us who have been here 1 time too many.... that would be more than once!

    Welcome, and enjoy the crazy fun of chickens.
  6. hoosier

    hoosier Songster


    I would suggest that you get at least three. They are very social creatures and if you have a three, you don't have a lonely hen if something should happen to one. One is no more trouble than one.

    And a dozen is no more trouble than three.................

    Did someone mention they are addicting???
  7. Dandelion007

    Dandelion007 Songster

    Dec 7, 2008
    Durant, OK
  8. RooManRed

    RooManRed Songster

    Jun 7, 2008
    Albany Ga.
    [​IMG] from Ga.
  9. ruth

    ruth Life is a Journey

    Jul 8, 2007
    Woodville, MS
    Welcome to BYC. A few chickens would make a great addition to your family and will provide your breakfast to boot. You'll need a hutch or coop for them and as was advised, get at least three because they are social creatures. There is a site: mypetchicken.com that let's you order a minimum of three - unlike many sites that require you to order a dozen or 25. Have fun be be warned, they are addictive. I started with four and then had to buy a farm and now have over 100 plus ducks, peacocks, and dairy goats. All because I saw little chicks at the feed store one day and brought home four.
  10. The Chicken Lady

    The Chicken Lady Moderator

    Apr 21, 2008
    West Michigan

    You're getting a lot of great suggestions so far! [​IMG]

    One of the first things you should consider doing is checking out our BYC Learning Center. You'll find quick answers to all the basic questions that way. Then just "surf" the forum and read, read, read (and ask plenty of questions). People who are new to chickens are always welcome here, so jump into the conversation wherever and whenever you'd like!

    Glad to have you here! [​IMG]

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