Howdy from Austin

Discussion in 'Family Life - Stories, Pictures & Updates' started by AtHomeDaddy, Aug 24, 2008.

  1. AtHomeDaddy

    AtHomeDaddy In the Brooder

    Aug 24, 2008
    Austin, TX
    Hello all,

    My family and I have finally jumped into the fray. We have been reading and researching backyard chickens for a while. A neighbor had a few chicks about 3 years ago and since then I have been thinking about trying a flock of my own.

    Friday we brought home 3 Buff Orpingtons and 3 Light Brahma day old chicks. Now two days later and all seem to be happy and healthy. My 4 year old daughter and 6 year old son are in love with the chicks and they have been helping keep the chicks clean and fed.

    Our yard is a smallish lot in a neighborhood, so I doubt our flock will grow much bigger than 8 or 10 chickens.

    This far it has been a fun family project.
  2. Zookeeper9000

    Zookeeper9000 Songster

    Mar 1, 2008
    Gladstone MI
    Welcome to BYC. Now that you are here we will see if you can stick to a small flock LOL. Glad to have ya a board
  3. [​IMG] You'll love it here! So many wonderful people and great info! Congrats on your new chicks! I have a Buff Orp too! She's my fave.
  4. English Chick

    English Chick English Mum

    Jun 27, 2008
    Cheshire UK
    [​IMG] Hi and welcome from across the Pond....ah yes chickens...start off with a couple and addiction sets in...promise yourself you will not get any more and then POW! I know I know....I started off with a couple now have 37 and collecting 50 rescued hens next Saturday = 87...yep I am not addicted, I am not addicted, I am not addicted!!!!

    Hmmmmm would like a couple more Silkies though....there I go will so enjoy being a chicken keeper...enjoy enjoy enjoy [​IMG]
  5. AtHomeDaddy

    AtHomeDaddy In the Brooder

    Aug 24, 2008
    Austin, TX
    Thanks for the warm welcome. My first grader was quick to correct my original post. The chicks are now 5 days old.

    Most importantly, all of the chicks seems healthy and happy. The kids are excited about it and my long-suffering wife who has watched me go through lots of hobbies over the years, is finally on board.

    I noticed she got up in the night to check on the peepers. Our Great Pyrenees dog, the only part of the family I was slightly concerned about, seems to have taken up his guardian dog role quickly. He had never seen chickens, but last night he slept in front of the crate, and not in his usual spot, beside my bed.
  6. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Crowing

    Mar 25, 2008
    Hello! [​IMG] Welcome to the wonderful world of raising chickens and [​IMG] !!!
  7. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Crowing

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    Welcome to BYC! You have chosen 2 wonderful and beautiful breeds of chickens. You are going to have so much fun watching them grow out - lot's of things to talk about with your kids.
  8. AllChookUp

    AllChookUp Will Shut Up for Chocolate

    May 7, 2008
    Frozen Lake, MN
    Welcome, Mike!

    As others have said, good luck with sticking to just 6 chickens. I started with 3, now have 14, and want to get more! Many people think we're nuts (including myself).

    Looking forward to hearing more about your experiences. You know the drill - If you need help, just ask.
  9. Lanissa86

    Lanissa86 Songster

    Mar 26, 2008
    San Antonio, TX
    Welcome! You are going to love it here! If you have time, try and find the thread Texas, you'll see there are lots of us Texans and you'll also be able to meet others in your area! [​IMG]
  10. mom'sfolly

    mom'sfolly Crowing

    Feb 15, 2007
    Austin area, Texas
    Welcome, there are lots of chicken people in the Austin area. There is even a Pet Chickens of Central Texas group. Good luck with the peepers, they are a lot of fun!

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