New to BYC from West Texas

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by j23cuevas, Nov 17, 2016.

  1. j23cuevas

    j23cuevas New Egg

    Nov 17, 2016
    West Texas
    Hi so I'm gonna just tell a bit about our little farm. In February we bought 12 gold sex link chicks from the feed store down the street all females. They started laying in mid June. We lost a gen last month not sure how we never found her. We also had to remove a hen (waffles)that was being picked on really bad(could figure out who the bully was) last month as well. So now everyone seems to be doing ok. We are getting 8-10 eggs per day waffles hasn't laid since sometime in late July or August we think she might have been the gen our dog attacked when we first moved them outside this spring. We are expecting a hard freeze this weekend our first freeze of the season. I'm trying to figure a few things. First should I put waffles. Ack with the flock the makeshift coop we made her I don't think will keep her warm with the cold weather. Second what's the best watering bowl. We have a five gallon plastic one but it's hard to keep the clean with the alge. Would a basic bowl work like a large one for dogs maybe. I scrub out the alge the best I can but I can't get it all and I don't want to be outside all wet in the winter. Our run is about 10x10 we are planing to cover it with tarps for winter cause we get killer winds and I'd like to keep the snow and rain out. Should we let them free range in the chicken yard in the winter or just keep them penned in the run next to the coop. Anyway just a bit about our chicken farm any help ideas or anything would appreciated thanks
  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi, Jenn and welcome to BYC - great that you have joined us. Some of your questions, I am unable to help with, but here's a couple of links that may help you out.

    You may wish to consider joining your state thread as it will put you in touch with other BYC members in your area -

    All the best
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  3. BlueBaby

    BlueBaby Overrun With Chickens

    Hello, and welcome to BYC!
  4. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    Welcome to BYC! It's great to have you.

    Bowls have two main issues - one, they can knock them over, two they can step in and poop in them (and if they can, they will).

    Personally I have always used this one:

    I clean it using the scrubber part of a typical kitchen sponge and it takes 5-10 minutes per waterer per week, tops. (Granted with my 5-10 total waterers... lol quite the job for me!)
  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Nice to meet you Jenn, Welcome to Backyard chickens I wonder if a nipple water system would work better for you.
  6. N F C

    N F C phooey! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013

    You've already been given some good information and links to check out so I'll just say hello, thanks for joining us!
  7. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Howdy from Kansas and [​IMG]! Great to have you in our flock! Looks like you've already gotten a ton of awesome research links so I'll just say good luck and thanks for joining BYC!! [​IMG]
  8. RodNTN

    RodNTN Following Jesus Premium Member

    May 22, 2013
    Serving Jesus
    My Coop
    Hi and [​IMG] I am glad you joined us! You have been given some great advice and links, so I'll just say enjoy BYC and best wishes!
  9. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  10. Chicken Girl1

    Chicken Girl1 Queen of the Coop

    Mar 3, 2015

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