Want to start raising chickens - Spring/Woodlands, Texas

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by diadesol, Dec 14, 2018.

  1. diadesol

    diadesol In the Brooder

    Dec 14, 2018
    Hi there,

    It seems that this site/forum is quite helpful and friendly on BYC. I would love to hear some insights on how to start.
    - I am in the Spring/Woodlands, Texas. How do I know if the city allows raising chicken in my backyard?
    - Where can I go to buy some chicks
    - What are few things that I must know to get started?

    My mom stays at home all day without doing much as she is now a sweet elderly person. Loves chicken and I think it will be a good therapy for her (and us) along with getting healthy eggs and having them well taken care of.

    Looking forward to some guidance.


  2. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Hi Marcia, Welcome to Backyard Chickens. Unless your mom is disabled, there is no reason for a sweet elderly person to stay home and not do much.Does she live alone?
    Is she depressed or unhappy about her situation?

    I don't know if I qualify as a sweet person but, I am elderly. I spend hours on BYC every day of the year. I'm guessing I am older than your mom, as you sound like you are quite young.

    The best way to find out if the city allows chickens in your backyard, would be to visit your town/ city hall and ask them. IF your mom loves chickens, and you are allowed to have them please include her in any coop/chicken plans . I hope you are helping her with meals and housework, so adding chickens to her routine won't overtax her.
  3. Pork Pie

    Pork Pie Flockwit

    Jan 30, 2015
    Hi Marcia and welcome to BYC. Great advice above.

    On this link you'll find lots of information on almost every aspect of keeping birds - from coop building ideas, to incubating eggs - https://www.backyardchickens.com/articles/

    Each week, various topics are discussed, which can be a great resource - https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/topic-of-the-week-thread-archives . Ditto the Learning Centre - https://www.backyardchickens.com/articles/

    This is a useful link of BYC guides to take a look at announcements-feedback-issues-guides.3 I’d suggest including your location using the guide in that link. You can use this link to contact members in your area - Find your State's thread.

    Best wishes

    Pork Pie
  4. 007Sean

    007Sean Pheasant Whisperer

    Oct 25, 2015
    South Central Texas
    Howdy Marcia :frow and Welcome to Backyard Chickens.

    Delighted to have you here with us. Enjoy your time here at BYC! You may wish to join the chitter-chatter on the Texas thread, here's the link:

    Thanks for joining our community! :celebrate
  5. Cathy Roberts

    Cathy Roberts Songster

    Jun 23, 2018
    Good to meet you! I wish you great luck with your chickens and that your mother enjoys them as much as I enjoy mine!
  6. N F C

    N F C is it nap time yet?

    Dec 12, 2013

    Hi Marcia, it's nice to have you here! @Pork Pie has given you some great links to get started and with the state link @007Sean has provided, you'll be all set. Always feel free to ask questions too!
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  7. Chick-N-Fun

    Chick-N-Fun Almy Acres Farm

    Jun 26, 2014
    Corning, NY
  8. DobieLover

    DobieLover Easily distracted by chickens

    Jul 23, 2018
    Apalachin, NY
    My Coop
    Hello Marda and welcome to BYC! :frow Glad you joined
    Your best bet to to visit your local city or town clerk and ask them directly for the ordinance. Good luck!
  9. Melky

    Melky Spring has sprung!

    Jul 23, 2018
    Edgewood, KY
    My Coop
    For local chicken laws and ordinances in owning fowl call your local planning commission of your town. Can look up online.
    I would reiterate the importance of reading up on articles in the Learning Center to educate yourself in how to raise chickens. :)
    You can purchase chickens locally, from breeders, or hatcheries. I personally like hatcheries because you can purchase chickens that are vaccinated against Mareks disease on day one for small fee which protects your chickens against the number one killer of chickens. Only prevention available to protect your flock.

    Most common hatcheries:

    Most common breeds and choosing the right one for you. Has breed chart to download to your desktop inside article with resource list:
  10. Texas Kiki

    Texas Kiki Egg Pusher

    Jul 31, 2015
    Houston, TX
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC!
    :yesss: We are glad you joined this flock!
    Jump right in and make yourself at home.
    Do you live in a HOA neighborhood?
    Ideal Poultry...chicks delivered to you within 24 hours of hatch. They hatch out on Wednesday and you get them Thursday morning.

    This video will help you learn how to navigate this site:

    Coop Ideas:
    Chicken Coops

    BYC has an APP!
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