Howdy from Austin, TX!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Cowgirlinaskirt, May 25, 2016.

  1. Cowgirlinaskirt

    Cowgirlinaskirt New Egg

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    Hello. I have been reading in the forums for the last two years and today I finally joined. I don't know why I hadn't done so sooner.

    I was raised in the country and with livestock so naturally once we moved to the country we got poultry. It will be a while before we have fencing up and land cleared to do large livestock. We are located in Austin, TX and currently just have chickens for our enjoyment and nearly organic eggs.

    I am interested in Heritage breeds, and rare breeds. My first profile pic is a pair of Tolbunt Polish's I had. My interest is mostly in dual-purpose, hardy, good-foraging, and able to withstand heat or cold. I currently have just 3 BIG hens. A Delaware (big and bossy, rules with an iron fist, err beak), a Black Australorp (Australian Orpington) gentle and on the bottom of pecking order even though she outweighs the Deleware by at least a full pound, and a Buff Orpington (2nd in pecking order) who is full sized but seems small compared to the other 2 girls. All three lay BIG brown eggs and are good egg layers. All three lay almost every day. The Deleware and Australorp lay light brown eggs, and the Orp lays medium brown eggs. Their eggs are often so close in size and color that I can't tell who laid which.

    For now I only chickens for fun and for our family's egg supply. I have a reaction to store bought eggs, must be chemicals they are clean them with. I love watching my big girls roaming around on our property, they have free-range during the day over several acres. We used to have smaller hens (Tolbunt Polish pair, and a Bantam Modern Game Rooster) as well but I sold a few and my sons pet bantam, an Old English Game hen passed away at only a little over a year old. She was the fiestiest little thing but very friendly and easy to handle. He used to walk around the property with her tucked under his arm like a football, and she didn't mind a bit.

    I'm happy to be a part of the group and once I get my chicken area's prepared to house at least 30 birds, I hope to raise a Heritage breed to sell eggs and chickens to preserve endangered breeds.

    -Alena
     
  2. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Nice to meet you Alena. I really enjoyed your introduction and just had to smile when reading the personalities of your hens. They must keep things very lively. Have you joined your state thread ? I know Texas has many BYCers - some may be your neighbors.
     
  3. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    Hi Alena and welcome to BYC - hope you enjoy all the chicken chat here!

    Best wishes
    CT
     
  4. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     
  5. Cowgirlinaskirt

    Cowgirlinaskirt New Egg

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    Drumstick Diva,

    Thank you and thank you all for the warm welcome. No, I was not aware of the TX group. I will have to look it up. I don't have much time to spend on the page but I really enjoy it as a resource and now that I'm a member I can comment ect.

    -Alena
     
  6. Peep-Chicken

    Peep-Chicken Overrun With Chickens

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  7. KikisGirls

    KikisGirls Be Happy! Read more. Premium Member

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    Welcome Alena.
    I am in Houston, another Texas gal here is you ever want to chat!

    Nice to meet ya,
    Makenzie
     

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