I live in the city; Saint Petersburg, Fl; and am seriously interested, yet hesitant, about this. I have joined this forum and the keepingchickensnewsletter.com to get as much information as I can first. Both my wife and I love most critters ( we adopt abused strays and once re-acclimated to human love, try to find homes for them; and keep the ones we can't find homes for) and have no children. To both of us though, chickens were mostly just a big bird that made eggs and could be eaten. However, I KNOW that if I get a few chickens, we will wind up making pets of them and ... well ... lets just say that they will most likely die of old age .. sigh. I DO like the idea of fresh eggs though.
Here in St. Pete, the limit is either 4 or 5 at a time (confusing and contradictory regulations) but I know a few ppl that have a dozen ( I guess no one complained, so they were never inspected). My Wife is NOT too keen on this idea .. yet .. lol. The breeds that I am considering are:
Buff Orpington Chickens
the problem is .. only the Buff Oringtons and the Wyandotte are locally available as pullets ( I really don't wish to fuss w/ chicks or eggs) My research shows me that they are probably the best for me; docile, friendly, not too noisy, or too big.
Some of the problems I foresee are the heat ( most of Florida in June is like training for hell, and by August, you know that you graduated), and expense. I have soooo many questions, which I guess I will be posting in the appropriate forum areas. Hopefully, this site will convince me that this is a good idea ANY advice or encouragement is welcome and greatly appreciated. Thanks
Edited by Tygrr - 4/1/12 at 12:48am