Howdy from Texas!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by F106A, Apr 9, 2011.

  1. F106A

    F106A Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay, I'm in the USAF, and just stationed here, but "howdy" seems appropriate! [​IMG]

    Being a Dad... I mean, a sucker, [​IMG] I fell for my twin's suggestion after viewing a TSC ad to become a backyard chicken rancher. Okay, okay, it was mostly my idea! We picked up six assorted pullets (I suspect three are Buff Orpingtons, and three white ?) at a TSC store out of town, but had to stop by our local store to pick up a small feeder I forgot to get. Of course, they had just received their stock of Dominique pullets, so we got a "six pack" of those too.

    So, here it is almost two weeks later, and ALL are doing FABULOUSLY!! Only one pasty rear end a few days ago which was quickly cured thanks to advice I learned here!

    I immediately built a 5' x 3' brooder based on a design I also found here, moved the chicks from the spare bedroom into the garage at one week, and CAN NOT BELIEVE how fast they grow!! No reference prepared me for that!! I figured I would have at least a few more days to move them into my home-made brooder so I'm glad I finished it early. The brooder took two more days to complete than I planned since I had a brutal dental appointment about half way through the build, but the twins and I did it.

    Anyway, this is my first adventure in chickens. I've been lurking here for the past two weeks learning all I can, and try to spend time learning more every day. The plan to move them into a coop is already in progress as I just bought an 8' x 6', "display" shed off the local Lowe's lot Friday afternoon. Wow! At least this hobby will pay me back -- I hope!! Seriously, I got a really great deal on the shed. Much less than if I was to even use a canned plan, or copy the design. I sure have a bunch of work to do on the shed, however.

    Pictures to follow as soon as I put my time in, but until then I'll try to keep you posted, and look forward to all the advice I can get.

    Mark
     
  2. Desert Rooster

    Desert Rooster El Gallo Del Desierto

    Sep 4, 2010
    Hesperia, Ca
    Hello [​IMG] from Hesperia, Ca and [​IMG]
     
  3. F106A

    F106A Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm going to try to post a couple pics from my Photobucket account as a test. If it doesn't work, please use your imagination! The "preview" function tells me this should work.

    Mark

    Two days old...
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    One week old...
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  4. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

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    Welcome to BYC. Very nice setup!!
     
  5. MSDeb

    MSDeb Chillin' With My Peeps

    Welcome to BYC, glad you found us and joined. There is something for everyone here. Enjoy.
     
  6. ghillie

    ghillie Hen Pecked

    Nov 13, 2008
    Colorado Springs, Co
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  7. Cacciatore

    Cacciatore Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 19, 2011
    San Pablo, CA
    Welcome from the SF Bay Area. [​IMG]
     
  8. Little_Rooster66

    Little_Rooster66 Out Of The Brooder

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    Nice Brooder! [​IMG]
     
  9. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] and [​IMG] from Ohio. So glad you joined. Great looking brooder setup. They will be fine in that for quite a while. [​IMG]
     
  10. MaggieRae

    MaggieRae Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 12, 2009
    North Texas
    Cute little chickies!!! [​IMG]
     

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