I Am A New Chicken Mama!!!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Krissyclarkmckee, May 26, 2017.

  1. Krissyclarkmckee

    Krissyclarkmckee In the Brooder

    May 26, 2017
    Palestine, Texas
    Can you tell I am excited about my baby chickens?!

    I moved to a small town in Texas last year after living in the Houston suburbs for 14 years. I wanted to have a little backyard flock for probably close to 10 years but our HOA restrictions forbade it. So, when we were looking for an old house that we could live in and renovate in a small town, the first thing I did was check the city ordinances to make sure I could have chickens.

    I have been stalking this site since I ordered my chicks from MyPetChicken back in November. I ordered 7 chicks that arrived healthy and happy on April 12th: a Black Copper Marans (Princess Lay-a), a Blue Copper Marans (Bonnie Blue), an Exchequer Leghorn (Dixie Chick), a Blue Ameraucana (Betty Graybill), a Swedish Flower Hen (Mayzie) and a Cream Legbar (Daisy), and a Lavender Orpington (Violet). The Swedish Flower Hen was supposed to be Daisy, but I guess I was too excited to bother with correctly identifying my chicks when they arrived. By the time I realized my error 3 weeks later, the names had already stuck and there was no switching them around.

    So far, it's looking like MyPetChicken correctly identified the sexes of my chicks. I had my doubts about Princess Lay-a (the black copper Marans) for a couple of weeks but am now feeling more confident that she is, in fact, a girl. Her nickname has become Hulk because she is that big - seriously, a giant next to her sisters.

    My "official" reason for getting 7 chicks was that if a couple died, I would still have enough for a little flock and wouldn't have to reorder. My real reason was that I was completely unable to narrow down my selection of chickens I HAD to have to less than 7. I tried. I really did. My chickens' purpose will be to provide eggs and compost for my garden. They are far too young to lay eggs yet, but they are taking their jobs as poop producers for composting VERY seriously!

    My babies are almost 7 weeks old now. They have been in their coop and 10W X 14L X 8-10H run, which I call the Coop of Paranoia (so named because it is completely enclosed in hardware cloth) for almost 2 weeks now. I intend to let them out for an hour or two a day in our enclosed back yard while I am out in it to supervise. Don't want to leave them out unattended as we have large hawks, raccoons, and a barn owl that lives in one of our trees.

    And there you have it - a Texas-sized introduction from a Texas transplant.
  2. Top Rooster

    Top Rooster Songster

    Aug 16, 2015
    North East Oklahoma
    :welcome And good luck to your chicks. My neighborhood doesn't allow chickens either but I just ignore their rules and got them i hid them in the backyard where their are tons of trees my neighbors don't seem to mind when the free range I've had them for a few years and no one can make me get rid of them
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  3. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Welcome to BYC, and good luck with your girls.
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  4. Texas Kiki

    Texas Kiki Quail Hatch TBD

    Welcome to BYC!

    Chickens are almost allowed everywhere in Texas...bill should be passed into a law by September.
  5. LearninMyFlock

    LearninMyFlock Chirping

    Jul 9, 2016
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  6. CooksCritters

    CooksCritters Chirping

    May 8, 2017
    FL - Florida
    :welcome Chickens are so addictive! i'm already trying to figure out the next breeds to add to my flock. so far I have Plymouth Barred Rocks, Asian Blues, Ameracaunas, White Leghorns, and Rhode Island Reds.
  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Thank you for joining us at Backyard chickens
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  8. Texas Kiki

    Texas Kiki Quail Hatch TBD

    Can I see your Asian Blues...a pic?
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  9. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Bird is the Word

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Hello there and welcome to BYC! :frow

    You sure have come to the right place for all the fun and learning! Good luck with your babies and we hope you enjoy BYC! :)
  10. CooksCritters

    CooksCritters Chirping

    May 8, 2017
    FL - Florida

    Norma Jean is the black chicken in the pic. I got two of these from Tractor Supply during chick days. I think they're a X between an Australorp and something else. i love their personallities though.

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