Hi! Looking into adding chickens and ducks to our family

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by MrsTrev27, Mar 26, 2016.

  1. MrsTrev27

    MrsTrev27 Hatching

    Mar 26, 2016
    South Texas
    Hi everyone. I've been browsing all week but just joined today. Last week, we found muscovy duck eggs in my parents back yard. I was in the process of documenting the journey from egg to duckling when on day 5 there was a pretty bad storm and the momma stopped laying. Day 7 something took one egg and by day 8, all 3 remaining eggs were cracked open and eaten. We had been talking about eventually getting a few chickens for some time, but now we've decided we want about 3-4 chickens AND ducks after doing research on the muscovy eggs. We have two toddlers (girls) and 4 small dogs (maltese & maltipoos), so hopefully there won't be too much going on in our backyard.

    We want to have our coop mostly built before we order any chickens and ducks that way they'll have a nice home when they're ready for the outdoors. It gets very hot here, so I want to make sure that there's plenty of shade for them. We're still trying to figure out how to house them and if there can be a shared space or if they need separate areas. They'll be mostly in their run/coop during they day, but we plan to let them free range in the yard and garden when we are outside supervising.

    I'm excited to learn more about raising ducks and chickens and can't wait until we get that first fresh egg!
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Welcome to BYC, and good luck in establishing your flock.
  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Head for the Learning center - which should cover most of your questions. Then put "Duck thread," in the search box so you can ask your duck specific questions. Third post on your state thread so you can find out what breeds ducks & chickens can handle your hot weather etc., and what kind of coops/shelters they need. Finally [​IMG]
  4. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  5. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC. You have some great advice already so I'll just say hello [​IMG]

    All the best
  6. N F C

    N F C phooey! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013

    In addition to all the good advice you've already received, I'd add be careful with the dogs around chickens and ducks. Even small dogs can cause a lot of harm to poultry.
  7. MrsTrev27

    MrsTrev27 Hatching

    Mar 26, 2016
    South Texas
    Thanks for the welcome and advice everyone. :) Our dogs are indoor dogs, so we're hoping that the coop will keep them out when they go outside to run around. We saw a few things about putting blocks or bricks around the exterior and interior in addition to putting mesh cloth underneath to prevent animals from digging underneath. We definitely need to research more before building and bringing any chickens or ducks home so that all our animals will be safe.
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