Hello, starting soon from central Texas.

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Srawl, Mar 11, 2013.

  1. Srawl

    Srawl Out Of The Brooder

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    Well I am actually deployed right now but when I get back in a couple months plan on getting a couple hens.

    I have a lot of research to do but plenty of time to do it. What I do know so far is the two most important qualities; good large egg layer (everyday would be great) and good with kids, I would like them to be as much of a pet as an egg layer. I have a 4 and 5 yr old so friendly with people is a must.

    Any direction you can point me would be great. I plan on ordering the Raising Chickens for Dummies book and doing a lot of reading on here but a starting direction would help a lot.

    Breed, a good diy coop design, and any other ways do do this as cheaply as possible would be very helpful.

    Thanks for any input,

    Shane
     
  2. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    [​IMG]from Illinois there are several breeds that are very good layers but, I don't know how they are around children. Sure someone will come along that could elaborate on that.
     
  3. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Greetings from Kansas, Shane, and [​IMG]! Pleased you joined our community! It is good that you are doing the research now - avoids headache and heartache later! Below is a handy dandy chart that might give you some information. Good luck and best wishes. Also, I salute your service!!

    http://www.ithaca.edu/staff/jhenderson/chooks/chooks.html
     
  4. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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  5. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Hello and welcome to BYC [​IMG] Glad you joined us!
     
  6. Kilsharion

    Kilsharion Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Going Bhonkers Chillin' With My Peeps

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  8. Mr MKK FARMS

    Mr MKK FARMS Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC!! [​IMG] Glad you joined us!! [​IMG]
     
  9. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

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    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan [​IMG]

    The Henderson Chicken Chart is indeed very helpful. You will not, however, get a bird that lays every day - unless you have production-bred fowl, cage them, and keep them under lights 24/7. A great laying breed can lay around 260 + eggs per year, though.
     
  10. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Shane, get home safely, and welcome to BYC.
     

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