Hello from Texas!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by lindasuelopez, Jan 8, 2013.

  1. lindasuelopez

    lindasuelopez Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 2, 2012
    I just got into raising back yard chickens and other birds! A friend was getting a divorce and gave me 18 hens, 1 rooster, 4 geese, 1 turkey, 1 peacock! Well the peacock ran away from home, and the coyotes ate 10 of the hens. They were all free range.. Not any more. So my husband and I closed in one of the stalls in the horse barn and turned it into a coop! They didn't like @ first but now they are all happy again and safe from the coyotes. The geese are still free range, they didn't like being [email protected] all--the original angry birds are guarding the property. We also have 68 Mexican brown head whistling ducks that have taken up residence in the pond--they figured this lady feeds us we are staying--they have been here for 2 months now. I also have 6 horses and 4 cows and 4 dogs!

    So after the coyote carnage we were left with:
    4 white hens--for sure 2 are Leghorns the other 2 not so sure (I think they are white rocks)--I will send pictures so someone can help identify them!
    3 black hens--Australop
    1 Dominique--I call her Joan Crawford--she is a mean one!

    We have closed in 1 stall in our barn (now all are safe)--attached to the back of that stall is a stall where we used to wean babies--so it's huge--we are now in the process of closing that in and adding a chicken run that's covered--we also have lot's of hawks--When complete they will have 3 12'x12' stalls & 1 12'-24' stall as a coop with a run!

    So i went out & purchased:
    6 red sex-links--They are adorable--just start laying little brown eggs!!
    10 Cuckoo Marans--they are just so sweet--the person I purchased them from said they would begin laying in April!!
    And about to get 10 Amercaunas.
    Also my friend gave me 2 Americauna roosters--1 very sweet the other not so much! And one Red Pyle rooster--he is about to go to a new home--he is very nasty and mean! I can't wait for the coop expansion to be finished so I can separate all 3 roosters in separate pens. They don't really fight--but 2 of them pick on 1 rooster all the time.

    Loving this chicken stuff--still learning how to do everything--I ordered a book to help. My next challenge is to learn how to raise babies--anyone have any ideas on incubators? I only want to try about 12 eggs @ first??? But first I need to get my book in and see what all that requires.

    I put vinegar in my water and wash out the water containers daily as per a friend (old cattle rancher) & I give them fresh collard greens and fresh garlic twice a week (also another tip from my old cattle rancher friend)!

    So in closing any and all information would be helpful!-no information turned away! The accidental chicken farmer!
  2. willowbranchfarm

    willowbranchfarm Chicken Boots

    Oct 3, 2011
    My Coop
    [​IMG] Welcome to BYC!!! Glad you joined. [​IMG]

    Mr MKK FARMS Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Sep 27, 2012
    Welcome to BYC!!
    Glad you joined us!!!
  4. liz9910

    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 8, 2012
    Northern California
    [​IMG] from California!
  5. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Dec 22, 2009
  6. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings from Kansas and [​IMG]! Great to have you with us! Sounds like you jumped in with both feet! Glad you made the coop safe for them. In terms of incubators, you might check out the following link and post a question or two over there. Best of luck to you!

  7. lindasuelopez

    lindasuelopez Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 2, 2012
    Oh wow--5 posts welcoming me--how cool are all of you! I love this site!
  8. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    Hello and welcome to BYC [​IMG] Glad you joined us!
  9. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Hello, LindaSue, welcome to Backyard Chickens. Good luck at beating those coyotes!
  10. chickenpooplady

    chickenpooplady Chillin' With My Peeps

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

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