Just wanted to introduce myself

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Blue Skys, Dec 1, 2008.

  1. Blue Skys

    Blue Skys Hi Mom!!

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    Just wanted to take a minute to say hello. This is the first time I've ever joined an on-line forum so I'm not too hip on all this stuff. I live in Texas with my husband and our dogs, Catfish is a lab and Kimber is a German Shepard. We always had chickens (along with horses, sheep and pigs) growing up but this will be my first atempt in my adult life. My husband is really excited, he is a city slicker, when we bought our house on a little piece of land he was so happy we could start raising our own groceries. I have their run all fenced in, and we're just waiting for the money and time to build their coop. I'm not sure yet on what type of chickens we will get, if anyone has any suggestions on a versitile bird, I'd love to learn all that I can. Thanks! [​IMG]
     
  2. BeardedChick

    BeardedChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    [​IMG] Welcome to BYC!
     
  3. Dar

    Dar Overrun With Chickens

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    you have just joined the BEST!! group on the net...

    have fun!! chickens are great!

    (from a reformed city slicker)
     
  4. B. Saffles Farms

    B. Saffles Farms Mr. Yappy Chickenizer

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    Welcome to BYC
     
  5. chickorama

    chickorama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    YAY!! [​IMG] Hope you find out the answers to all your questions!! Are you new with chickens, or just with BYC??
     
  6. gamebirdsonly

    gamebirdsonly Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome glad to have you here.
     
  7. Momma_Cluck

    Momma_Cluck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You will want more than one breed if you want meat AND eggs-- and probably keep the "Meaties" separate ffrom the "eggers"..

    The fastest & fattest meat birds are Cornish Crosses... they are "fed-out" in only 8-10 weeks! But they have to have their food limited to 10-12 hours a day, or they eat themselves to death--literally!

    For Eggers, you'll want to go to an on-line supplier-- there are MANy good ones, Murray McMurray, Welp, Ideal, and more listed here on the site.
    BE WARNED! It is like shopping for toys/candy etc... you have a hard time deciding, and it is addictive!

    We started with a gift of mixed Bantams (mini Chickens) for 4-H... then were again "Gifted" 10 chicks.. 5 Barred Rocks and 5 Partridge Rocks (both are real good egg layers!)
    We THEN bought 20 more! 4 Australorps, 2 Californians, 4 Amaracaunas, 3 Buff Rocks, 2 Cherry Eggers, 3 Silver Wyandottes and 2 Turkens!! All ar known for either abundant or unusually colorful eggs.

    We would LOVE even more breeds in the spring-- but have reached max capacity for space... but ARE getting 30 cornish crosses, and some Turkeys (Raise them away from each other, due to diseases!) as we have another area for "non-pet-type" birds.


    Good luck on your venture-- and Welcome to the club! The folks here are wonderful!!!!
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  8. chickens4jojo

    chickens4jojo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome!

    I have one Red Star, Ruby, from Murray Mcmurray hatchery that lays an egg almost everyday so far. [​IMG]
     
  9. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

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    I'd suggest some of the dual purpose breeds that can be used for eggs & meat, such as Barred rocks, Buff orpingtons & Rhode island reds.

    They all lay everyday right through winter.

    This chart will give you alot of info on different breeds.
    http://www.ithaca.edu/staff/jhenderson/chooks/chooks.html
     
  10. hoosier

    hoosier Chillin' With My Peeps

    [​IMG] Welcome! This is a great place to learn.
     

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