Hello from Texas

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Devonviolet2, Mar 9, 2015.

  1. Devonviolet2

    Devonviolet2 Chirping

    Mar 9, 2015
    Hi! I am already a member on BYH (Devonviolet). But, am new to having backyard chickens. So, decided to finally join BYC after initially reading some posts to figure out what breeds would work best in our hot East Texas Summers.

    We moved to our wooded five acre piece of land this past January. The previous owners left their 2-1\2 year old turkey hen, RIR (Rhode Island Red) hen (which hadn't laid an egg since last Summer) and RIR rooster. We unexpectedly lost the roo in mid January - which was okay, because he was MEAN!!! We were planning to butcher the hen, since she hadn't laid eggs for six months, but then she suddenly started laying eggs. So, she redeemed herself from going into the freezer.
    At the end of January, when we got our four wethered Nigerian Dwarf goats, the farmer sold me 2 one year old Buff Orpington laying hens and threw in the rooster - which is an absolute gentleman, compared to the RIR roo!!!. That brought us up to 3 hens, a roo and a turkey hen - which is also not laying - although she has laid some eggs in the past, and is currently calling out, to attract a mate ;). So, we might be getting some eggs from her after all! Right now, we are getting 2-3 eggs a day.

    Before getting the Buffs, we built an 8X8X8' coop, with a full size screen door (which we put 1/2" hardware cloth on). So, we used our new coop for isolating the new buffs. Then, two weeks ago, we bought 10 Buff Orpington chicks and six French Guinea Keets, at the local farm store. Two of the chicks died fairly soon, so I decided to give a couple Cornish Cross a try. After a little more than a week, they are twice as big as the other chickens. Then, last week one of the Guinea Keets died, so I went back and since they still had the same age Guineas left, I bought 2 more Keets. So, now we have 17 birds under the heat lamp in our spare bedroom, and are looking forward to having more eggs in 5 or so months and having the Guineas, help with bug control in our vegetable garden this Summer.

    I have really enjoyed being on BYH. So, am looking forward to getting to know y'all, here on BYC.
    Last edited: Mar 10, 2015
  2. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Do you know Cornish x are meat birds, that grow tremendously fast and eat almost constantly, so they can be "processed" around 8 weeks of age. If you don't process them the legs and organs . will begin to fail - I believe most would not make it to 10-12 mos. of age.
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  3. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO.

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us!
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  4. Devonviolet2

    Devonviolet2 Chirping

    Mar 9, 2015
    Thanks for your welcomes @drumstick diva and @BantamFan4Life.

    Yes, I was aware Cornish X are meat birds. :) I got the two CC to see if I would like doing meat birds. I knew that they can grow so fast, that they can either have a heart attack or break legs, because they are eating machines. So, I did some research and found a hatchery site, that explained that it is best to take away their feed 12 hours a day. So, we have a box in the brooding area, to put the two meat birds in over night. We plan to butcher them at 7 or 8 weeks.

    It's obvious they don't like being away from their food. Funny thing has happened 4 times now . . . Other birds both chicks and Keets have flown into the box. :lau
  5. mymilliefleur

    mymilliefleur Keeper of the Flock

    Nov 4, 2014
    East Tennessee.
    Hello and Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you decided to join! Feel free to ask any questions you may have, we will try to help you anyway we can. [​IMG]
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  6. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master

    Jan 10, 2013
    [​IMG] Glad you have joined us.
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  7. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons

    Apr 23, 2014
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    Good intro! Sounds like you are having lots of chicken adventures!
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  8. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]I'm glad you joined our "flock".
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  9. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!
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  10. leilanio

    leilanio Chirping

    Jan 30, 2015
    Southern California
    Howdy! Welcome to the other backyard club. It is by far the best resource for all things chicken! [​IMG]
    I find I can literally spend hours on this site hopping around and reading how to do better for the girls so please ask any and all questions... someone will answer.

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