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After almost a year of relentless begging & pleadings from my daughter, we decided to give raising chickens a try, and now we wish we hadn't waited so long! My concerns were largely answered by this great forum, so thank you all! We have 4 buff orpis as my daughter did her homework and found these to be great overall "starter chickens" and she gets an A+ because these cute fluffballs have been ideal pets. Yesterday we got our first egg! After intially keeping them in the coop/10 foot run, we let them free-range all day now. We had a scare when something (hawk/owl?) came close to getting one of the girls about a month ago, but she managed to escape! We nursed her back to health and she was back with her sisters in only about ten days (shocking because we didn't expect her to make it through the first night). She is now our favorite as she is a bit crooked and runs funny (a bit sideways) and makes little hops when she runs, but otherwise has made a full recovery! (We have named her Eileen. :P ) These forums also helped us a ton with all the questions that we had through that ordeal. Glad to finally join and hopefully be able to help out now when possible!

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Welcome to BYC!Glad she recovered!

I have a  few chickens.

2 barreds,named Falcon and Hawk

1 New Hampshire rooster named,Zeus

2 New Hampshire hens named,Vanillipe (One has no name)

1 silver laced Wyandotte named,Special girl

1 White Leghorn roosters named Foggy

3 black&red Sex links,(Black)angel,and one red is named little red,and the other one is Mrs.Prissy

And a few others that sadly,died

 

I have a 11 ducks.

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I have a  few chickens.

2 barreds,named Falcon and Hawk

1 New Hampshire rooster named,Zeus

2 New Hampshire hens named,Vanillipe (One has no name)

1 silver laced Wyandotte named,Special girl

1 White Leghorn roosters named Foggy

3 black&red Sex links,(Black)angel,and one red is named little red,and the other one is Mrs.Prissy

And a few others that sadly,died

 

I have a 11 ducks.

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post #3 of 9

Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided to join our flock. I'm glad Eileen recovered. :o) We have a lot of members in the Florida area and one of them, NorthFlChick, posts regularly on this section. Raising chickens is a wonderful experience for children. If you haven't done so already, definitely check out our Learning Center at http://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center. There is lots of useful information there. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Cheers.

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Welcome to BYC.  When you free range you have to expect predator losses.  If they are too great  you may decide to keep them in a large, well enclosed & covered run.

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:welcome  so glad you have joined us.

 

I also regret not getting my own flock so much earlier. 

 

Personally have had a fear of losses and have raised mine in confinement with a protected all in one coop/run.  But added an area with fencing and a netting cover to allow them time to "forage" with some supervision.  You may want to consider something similar.

 

So glad Eileen is ok and doing well now.

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Attention:  loads of contests to enter, pick your favorites and join the fun: post #1

 

 

Raising Hens in Georgia!  Limited experience, but a lot of opinions.  

Reintegrating a Recovered Hen to a Small Flock:

Don't be Chicken, Even a Cat Can Bake a Gingerbread House

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Hi and a warm welcome to byc - great to have you join us.

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:welcome

 

Always room for another Floridian here, glad you joined us! And glad Eileen has recovered. We have quite a few hawks and dogs in our area so when I let the girls out, I stay with them. They love their outdoor times!

 

If you'd like to 'meet' other members from FL, come say hi on our state thread:

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/305793/florida-always-sunny-side-up

 

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Check out all 11 new mini contests!

BYC Mini Contests - Win a 2017 Calendar!!

Deadlines for all is Dec. 11, 2016

You can't win if you don't play!

 

8th Annual BYC New Year Day Hatch-Along - Hosted by Ronott1

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Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)

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I set fire to the rain! Watch it pour as I, touched your face. Well it burn while I cried, because I heard it screaming out your name. And I threw us into flames. I knew that was the last time, the last time...I set fire to the rain! -Adele

 

Look at my flock page! http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/bantamfan4lifes-flock

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Welcome to the BYC flock!  We are glad you joined us!

 

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Black Double Laced, Blue Double Laced and Splash Barnevelders

Silver Double Laced Bantam Barnevelders

Silver, Charcoal, and Birchen Iowa Blues

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