New member in TX!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by lovingmelon, Sep 21, 2013.

  1. lovingmelon

    lovingmelon Hatching

    Sep 21, 2013
    Dripping Springs
    Hi all,
    happy to be a part of BYC!
    The husband and I just moved onto quite a bit of land in Texas from Chicago. A coop was already set up on the property, and we have always wanted to have here we go!

    I have read online that you need to keep the chicks pretty contained in the brooder for the first couple of weeks..but when can I let them out into the fenced area? We have made sure that it is very difficult for predators to get in..and it'd be hard to set up perches inside the small brooder area that's there. If taking some photos of the coop will help get advice, I am happy to post some! Eventually we are going to let them roam the property..we're hoping they will help control the scorpion population out here. Very unpleasant creatures, they are :(

    Also, if there are any specific breeds you would suggest for beginners, that would be helpful to us. We'd like good egg-layers, but we'd also like to be able to handle them.
    Thanks a lot!
  2. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]
  3. MelissaTXRn

    MelissaTXRn Songster

    Jun 3, 2013
    Welcome and howdy back from TX
  4. Teri Metcalf

    Teri Metcalf Songster

    Aug 22, 2013
    College Station, Texas
    Welcome to BYC from College Station, TX. We, too, get a few scorpions. Two years ago I accidentally stepped on one in the middle of the night when I got up to use the bathroom. For about 30 minutes, it was seemed like the most painful thing I had ever experienced. Now I know to take an anti-histamine and apply a baking soda paste.

    I've had a little experience in recent years with several chicken breeds as free-rangers. My favorites overall are the Easter eggers for intelligence, disposition and egg laying. By and large they're friendly with one another, with our grandkids and with us. They're curious about what we're doing when we're outside, and they peek in our windows to see what we're doing inside the house. And they seem smarter than some of the others at avoiding predators. When they see they a hawk flying overhead, they dive for cover. And they seem to be able to distinguish between hawks and turkey vultures. And I love their robin colored easter eggs.
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  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
  6. Fierlin1182

    Fierlin1182 powered-flight

    Aug 26, 2011
    Hi and :welcome

    As long as your fenced area is predator proof, you should be able to let the chicks out during the day any time. We kept all our chicks outside in the coop and bought them back in to the brooder in the evening.
    (Edited to add - our chicks were, I think, one or two weeks old when we did this - we don't buy them as day-olds.)

    We've kept red stars (red sexlinks/ golden comets/ various other names) for years - fantastic egg layers and also very friendly. But ours only lay for 2 or 3 years each.

    Good luck!
    Last edited: Sep 22, 2013
  7. sumi

    sumi Égalité

    Jun 28, 2011
    Tipperary, Ireland
    Welcome to BYC [​IMG] Chicks need to be kept warm until they are fully feathered, which is at around 6-7 weeks of age. So when they can move out depends on your weather, if it's mild they can spend the days outside from a young age at least and sleep outside as soon as they are fully feathered. As a rough guide, keep new chicks at 90-95*F for the first week and reduce the brooder temperature by about 5*F each week after that. If the brooder and outside temps are similar, let them go outside instead. To help you pick a breed I'd suggest have a look through the Breeds section. You can narrow now breeds by ticking the boxes on the left, according to your requirements. Enjoy!
  8. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Welcome to BYC. Good luck with establishing your flock.
  9. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO.

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome! :)
  10. FaithFeathers

    FaithFeathers In the Brooder

    Sep 22, 2013
    Welcome! Happy you're here! [​IMG]

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