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chicmom1

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Hey y'all! We don't even have chickens yet but hope to get started next spring. I am in the process of learning all I can before subjecting babies to my inexperience . I live in west Texas where we are very hot and dry in the summer and cold {dips below 32 some days} in our winter. Basically we have summer 9 months out of the year. I had been looking at Plymouth Rock Bar and Rhode Island Reds with maybe a Jersey Black thrown in. I would like to have good egg girls that will eventually end up in the freezer or jars. The problem if they are more than frowned on here so they need to be quietish and no roosters. Am I asking too much ? :D I already have an aviary that was for my cockatiels {gone now} . Once they're grown how long can they be left alone with plenty of food and water provided ? Just a thought and thank you for your input!
Hugs,
ChicMom
aka Holly
 

Pork Pie

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Hi Holly and welcome to BYC. Unfortunately all hen's make a bit of noise when they are laying, so if they are not allowed where you live, things might get a bit sticky. Have a plan B ready so that you can wave goodbye to them, at a moments notice.

I guess, in theory, chickens can be left alone for the duration that they have food, water and protection from predators, but I would personally feel very uncomfortable leaving my flock without someone to keep an eye on them.

Good luck
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chicmom1

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yes I already have a backup plan and hopefully preditors won't be an issue as the run is enclosed top and bottom , even underground. The time I was looking at is about 3 days duration with a friend looking in on them every night and picking up eggs. So we'll see if I have the nerve to actually go through with it. My cockatiels made more noise than chickens would..minus a rooster of course. Thank you for your advice,
ChicMom
 

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