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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by treeves, Feb 7, 2015.

  1. treeves

    treeves Out Of The Brooder

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    My name is Tabatha and we live in South Texas. This year my husband and I decided to get 3 hens for our backyard(we are urban) and for eggs. I've never raised chickens so, I'm excited to kearn and get great information from here!
     
  2. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Hi Tabitha, Welcome to the Backyard chickens flock. Other greeters should be coming along soon. Among them Michael who has lived in Texas and has had many different breeds. Have you gotten your hens yet, or still deciding on breed?
     
  3. treeves

    treeves Out Of The Brooder

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    We got 3 chicks today (5 days old). We decided to get Barred Rocks. They seem to be the breed that will suit us most.
     
  4. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    Welcome to BYC, Tabitha. Glad you decided to our flock. Drumstick diva is correct; my wife and I were both raised in the great state of Texas. Barred Rocks are a very hardy, docile, dependable breed that will give you lots of nice, large, brown eggs. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Good luck with your BRs.
     
  5. treeves

    treeves Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you! I'm hoping we have good luck. We are currently living in El Paso my hope is that they do well here since it gets so hot.
     
  6. ChickyChickens

    ChickyChickens Chickening Around

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    Welcome to BYC!!! There are loads of members on here…so if you have ANY questions…just ASK!!!

    Hope you have loads of fun and all your answers answered here on BYC the BEST CHICKEN KEEPING FORUM on EARTH!!

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  7. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

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    Hi :welcome Tabatha

    Glad you could join the flock! Good luck with your chicks, if you have not already, drop by the raising chicks section of the learning centre for lots of great articles https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/hatching-eggs-and-raising-chicks

    Raising your own chicks is a very rewarding experience. Enjoy them and hope you enjoy BYC, I am sure you will :frow
     
  8. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    I've raised Barred Rocks in very hot climates and they do fairly well as long as you provide them with good coop ventilation, lots of shade, and plenty of cool, fresh water. Also, given them treats on really hot days like pieces of frozen watermelon helps as well. If you do decide to get some more chickens in El Paso, you should probably consider really heat resistant breeds like Australorps or Mediterranean Class breeds.
     
  9. treeves

    treeves Out Of The Brooder

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    I will look into it. Thank you for the suggestion!
     
  10. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    Hey hey...up here in the south central mountains of New Mexico! North of Ruidoso!!! :)

    Barred Rocks need a lot of shade. My BR's don't like intense heat and will pant when it gets above 85. So make sure to bring out the giant fans, hose the place down too. I keep my birds on sand I collect out of the washes. and in the summer I hose it down. It becomes SO cool on the feet. And cool feet mean cool birds! Feed them cool treats like cold watermelon, grapes, cantalope, other cold fruits. They should do fine.

    Enjoy your new babies and welcome to our flock!
     

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