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Howdy from West Texas

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Tcher, Aug 21, 2013.

  1. Tcher

    Tcher Hatching

    Aug 21, 2013
    I've been reading great things about this forum. By way of introduction, I am a transplanted Canadian (grew up on a farm [beef/grain] in Saskatchewan) who is now living on 20 acres near Abilene, TX. I've been living in TX since 1996, but up until this past summer, lived in the city. We recently built a brand new house in the country and are THRILLED to finally be living our dream, out on the farm! Growing up on a farm in Sask, my mother always raised chickens. However, as a child, I didn't have much involvement with them.

    Now, I'm toying with the idea of getting 3 or 4 chickens, because I really, really want fresh eggs. But, understand. I am an animal lover. So, no chicken slaughter will be happening on my watch . . . err even though there is nothing more tasty than a free range chicken (hopefully I don't offend anyone with that admission).

    But here are my concerns:

    1. My husband and are both work full-time;
    2. I own 3 Australian Shepherds, 1 of which I am dead certain would be a "chicken killer." The 3 dogs always stay in a fenced yard, however;
    3. I am petrified that introducing chickens anywhere in the vicinity of the house because of the potential to invite skunks, raccoons, snakes (omg!), coyotes and foxes; and
    4. I am not a fan of having chicken poop on my front step.

    So that brings me to a long list of questions which are too numerous to list here. I am off to read some of the posts and articles on this site. But, if there is a particular story anyone wants to share with me about their first experiences, please don't hesitate. I have no clue where to start? For example, where to put the chickens? What to put the chickens in? Will baby chicks be ok all day while I'm at work? And, OMG, what about the unwanted wildlife they will attract?

    :D :D :D Looking forward to hearing from everyone!

  2. ChirpyChicks1

    ChirpyChicks1 Songster

    Jul 22, 2013
    Sounds like you have the normal worries :) Welcome to the site and best of luck! Make sure you check out the Learning Center
  3. hungnguyen

    hungnguyen Songster

    Aug 3, 2013
    Welcome to the site. Just surfing through the site, you will find lots of interesting things to read and solutions for your concerns.
  4. redsoxs

    redsoxs Crowing

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings from Kansas, Tcher, and [​IMG]! Pleased you joined us! I agree that a visit to the Learning Center is a great start! Best of luck to you!
    Last edited: Aug 21, 2013
  5. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Crowing

    Mar 26, 2011
    Upper Peninsula Michigan
    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan [​IMG]

    Sounds like what you would need would be a well-built, predator proof run and coop, with plenty of room for your birds to roam around in safety (and be kept off your porch). Building a sturdy run is essential if you have predator issues. There are lots of examples in the Coops section, and the Learning Center is a wealth of good info on chicken keeping. It really is easy - if you set it up right to start with.
  6. liz9910

    liz9910 Crowing

    Apr 8, 2012
    Northern California
    Welcome to BYC! You've received some good advice, best of luck to you.
  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture

  8. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012

    Mr MKK FARMS Crowing Premium Member

    Sep 27, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! Glad you joined us! [​IMG]

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