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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by chicmom1, Jul 26, 2016.

  1. chicmom1

    chicmom1 New Egg

    Jul 26, 2016
    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!
    aka Holly
  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings from Kansas, ChicMom, and welcome to BYC. I like your plan...get the knowledge before taking the plunge. And BYC is the place to learn. Visit the Learning Center here https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center
    This wil give you a great foundation. Best of luck to you!
  3. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    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
  4. chicmom1

    chicmom1 New Egg

    Jul 26, 2016
    Thanks, and Thank you for the link!
  5. chicmom1

    chicmom1 New Egg

    Jul 26, 2016
    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,
  6. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Out of the Woods Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Nice to meet you Holly, welcome to Backyard chickens.

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