New in these parts.....

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by hachie, Nov 6, 2013.

  1. We live south of Dallas, Texas in the rural part of the "Gingerbread City". We have had chickens in the past but not successfully, due to dogs, coyotes, etc. We started again back in June. It is amazing the resources and assistance that 15 years can give you. Before, it was word of mouth finding someone that would talk to you...mostly at the feed stores. Now, it is so convenient!! Thank you for having such a wonderful wealth of information on breeds and everything else under the sun that I would never consider.

    We have 5 RIR hens, 1 Buff O hen and a beautiful BLRW roo. Now, our rooster was a freebie, he was unwanted and unliked by his former owner. Our friend, who we purchased all the hens from, did not like his coloring, said he had too much white. I thought and then said, I'll gladly take your reject. Well, let me tell you he is the best rooster!! Protective, loving to all of us, and the best provider and forager. When he finds, or catches a big juicy grasshopper he will cluck an alert to the closest hen who will come a running. He always goes without from the big juicy ones and saves them for his ladies :)

    In honor of our friend, we promptly named our roo, "Woody". He is the only one that officially has a name, of course our daughter has names for each of them. We enjoy 5-6 eggs a day right now and I am shopping our Spring flock. I am looking into getting Speckled Sussex as I have been told they are an excellent dual purpose bird as well and good layers. And for my own selfish wants, I would like to have some French Copper Marans. Of course, my husband is not interested in the price of these Marans, but we are starting an flock fund from selling our fresh farm eggs to friends at church. I have told my daughter she can take the remaining proceeds after we have enough for our new chicks! Her response, we need alot more chickens so we can make more money! Baby steps....

    My needs are firstly eggs! We have about 3 acres pastured and fenced right now and the chickens have an old Morgan building which has been turned into their coop. As we add more chickens....hoping for 50 new in the Spring, I want a good mixture of layers/dual purpose. Marans...simply for their beautiful eggs. (Maybe we will show, but I honestly don't see that happening). And some for broilers. With adding 50 new chicks in the Spring, I would appreciate some experienced people to give me recommendations for the mix. Thanks in advance for the help and advise!

  2. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
  3. chickenboy190

    chickenboy190 Overrun With Chickens

    May 31, 2013
    Welcome! Glad you joined BYC! :~D
  4. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Welcome to BYC, and good luck with all of your projects.
  5. All Henned Up

    All Henned Up Muffs or Tufts

    Welcome and enjoy BYC !
    Steve. :frow
  6. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome to BYC! Like your choices in chickens, BLRW and Speckled Sussex are two of my favorite colors/breeds also, so pretty.
  7. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    Welcome to BYC [​IMG] Glad you joined us!
  8. petrel

    petrel Chats with Chickens

  9. liz9910

    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 8, 2012
    Northern California
    Welcome to BYC!
  10. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    [​IMG] If you go to "where am I, where are you," in the social forum, you can locate and post on your state thread. The odds are good you will find some folks near your area.

    They could answer your questions re: feeding and tell you where the best place to buy is, etc.

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