Noob from in Southeast Texas

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by MelTX, Oct 21, 2013.

  1. MelTX

    MelTX Out Of The Brooder

    21
    1
    26
    Oct 21, 2013
    Beaumont, Texas
    Howdy all!

    I'm new to the world of chickens and will be getting our first hens in the spring. My 4 year old son fell in love with the RIR hens my uncle had and since we live in the city, I've been shopping for a good backyard mobile coop.

    We are planning on getting a couple of buff orpingtons to start our chicken rearing since I read such good things about their temperament.

    We have a big back yard with a high privacy fence that the girls will be able to "roam" in the afternoons to have some time out of the coop.

    Are there any Texas chicken parents on here with hints/tips on orpingtons and the heat down here?

    Also any tips on broody breaking since I read that orps go broody often and we won't be able to hatch and rear any young chicks in our set-up.

    I've never raised chickens, let alone young ones so I have been checking out the brooding tips on this forum.

    Also I'd love to hear about any other breeds that are good with kids/good backyard chickens for a later date, if we decide to add to our flock.

    This is a FAB forum with lots of great info that I've been reading over for a couple months now and I'm glad to join!

    --Mel
     
  2. hungnguyen

    hungnguyen Chillin' With My Peeps

    1,055
    149
    186
    Aug 3, 2013
    Welcome to this forum. I am in Austin, TX and the bird doing fine with TX weather as long as we have good cage to protect from the sun in the summer and the north wind in the winter. You can also chat with lots of Texans in the threat "Texas". Best of luck with your chicken.
     
  3. liz9910

    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

    12,406
    497
    338
    Apr 8, 2012
    Northern California
    Welcome to BYC!
     
  4. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

    36,684
    4,713
    566
    Feb 18, 2011
    Ohio
  5. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    84,499
    3,831
    646
    Jun 15, 2012
    Washington
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC!
     
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    85,591
    16,862
    866
    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    [​IMG]
     
  7. Fierlin1182

    Fierlin1182 powered-flight

    17,156
    225
    348
    Aug 26, 2011
    Hi and :welcome

    Good luck with your new chooks, and have fun! :D
    I've heard that Barred Rocks and Easter Eggers are also nice and friendly.
     
  8. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    36,314
    8,195
    666
    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    Welcome to BYC [​IMG] Glad you joined us! You can break a broody by putting her in a wire bottom cage for a few days with only food and water, no nesting materials. This method usually takes about 3-4 days, but it quite effective. Have you visited the Learning Center yet? There are some wonderful articles on different aspects of chicken raising, choosing breeds etc there. Also look at the Breeds section for more on the different breeds and reviews. Enjoy the site!
     
  9. MelTX

    MelTX Out Of The Brooder

    21
    1
    26
    Oct 21, 2013
    Beaumont, Texas
    Thanks all for the nice welcome! And for the broody breaking advice. I am now kicking it over at the Texas form. Lots of great info here!
     
  10. TXchickmum

    TXchickmum Chillin' With My Peeps

    2,726
    70
    191
    Apr 21, 2012
    North Texas
    [​IMG] from North Texas!! Our two Buff Orpingtons get along fine in the heat. We do keep fans in the coop and a fan/mister on the run. Also, shade and cool fresh water are crucial during hot Texas summer months.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by