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South Florida Hen House

By JCK4, Feb 24, 2013 | Updated: Mar 3, 2013 | | |
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    So myself, my wife Emily, and two daughters, 2.5yo Lillian, and 7mths Minna Lani. We live in St Petersburg, FL, on the water, where we never have to suffer the woes of a bitter cold winter. I built a 300sqft Aviary around our coop, to allow our chickens some running room, when they cant free range the yard, due to get togethers, or our to dogs are utilizing the yard (They want to eat the hens, erg.) When the do get to free range, twice a day for a few hours, they go crazy chasing bugs and eating everything green. Our "Flock" if you will, consists of 5, to include a:
    Barred Rock named "Tik" 4months old
    Gold Wyandotte named "Snickers" 3 months old
    Silver Wyandotte named "Splash" 3 months old
    Blue Wyandotte named "Nugget" 4 months old
    Blue Red Laced Wyandotte named "Lil Bird" 4 months old
    Australorp currently unnamed, 3 months old
    Ameraucana currently unnamed, 3 months old
    all of which were named by our 2 1/2yo, Lillian. All the girls follow Lilly around, waiting for her to turn stones, pavers, and bricks, for some delicious bugs. Lil Bird by far eats more bugs faster than any of the other 4 girls, by 100%, its really impressive how fast she finds and eats them. Splash and Snickers, are still a little intimidated by the 3, 4 months girls, as they were only introduced a week or so ago. But their starting to become friends slowly.

    So far, this has been the greatest thing ever, we all really and truly enjoy watching the hens grow, we love to hand feed them and chase them around the yard. We're still waiting for our first egg at this point, and I seriously cant wait for Lilly to find it, as she looks everyday, both morning and night. I hide the wooden eggs, as practice for her on collecting the eggs, with her little copper woven basket. So now its just a fun playtime waiting game... [​IMG]

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  1. DragonOxeWeasel
    Am I the only one who thinks the Wyandotte looks like a clean faced blue Ameraucana? Here legs are blue and she is not as full as a Wyandotte.
    Nugget Is a very cute chicken and I am curious as to what color egg she will lay!
  2. Dawna
    Your flock looks great. We have been through Americaunas, Rhode Island Reds, Barred Plymouth Rock, 1st year, then Silver Laced Wyandottes, and this year we got Buff Orpingtons. I only have 5 hens that are old enough to lay, 1 RIR, 1 BPR and 3 SLW. Our chickens free range, and we have lost a couple. Its been a great experience and I'll have chickens till I can't take care of them any more. My husband says they are my therapy. haha
  3. CHICKEN CRAZY1
    If you have any trouble naming the americana and the astalorp,talk to your friends at BYC!
    You have some wonderful hens there!
  4. red golden
    I don't have any chickens. I will have to say that blue wyandotte makes me want some of them . The way the color shades on their feathers look like a charcoal drawing.
  5. Sk8inChick(en)
    They are all so beautiful! Congratulations on POW, that is so awesome!
  6. chickenpooplady
    Beautiful flock! Congrats on POW!
  7. albchickenfarm
    wow... beautiful golden laced wyandotte!
  8. JCK4
    Wow, I cant say thank you enough for all the compliments!!! We get all our chickens from Anvil Acres locally... Maryellen and Cheryl are the sweetest nicest ladies ever, and amazingly helpful. They really have the most variety and beautiful hens ever. We wanted to have every hen different for our daughters to name, so we started with a Barred Rock, Delaware, BRLW, BW. Then it turned out the Delaware was a roo, so he had to go back to the farm to make more chicks. When we took back the Delaware, we bought a SW, and a GW. Well a week after I posted this page, the BRLW turned out to be another male, as it started crowing, so sad to say our amazingly handsome roo, was returned back to Anvil Acres, and replaced with not one but two more hens, ha. We are such suckers for the "More the merrier" saying, so we bought an Australorp, and Americana.
    So in the end, we now have all hens, being the Barred Rock, BW, GW, SW, Australorp, and Amercana. Ill take some picks of the new girls as soon as they settle with their new family.
    Thanks again everyone. Reading this site for a year, has gotten me and my family, to where we are now, with a happy family of hens ;-)
    We have found all our hens at Anvil Acres http://www.facebook.com/pages/Anvil-Acres-Stables/135129516535623
    Ask for Cheryl or Maryellen, the two nicest sweetest ladies around. They always have sooooo many of all the Wyanndottes, Americanas, Australorps, Buffs, RIR, Barred, and a few others at all ages, from new to a few months.
    We went there this morning with our daughters, who got to see the hours old baby goats, laying in a pile of baby goat, or prancing around ;-)
  9. animallover505
    where do you get a blue Wyandotte??
  10. themadchicken
    Your rooster is going to be very handsome. I miss my BLRW roo.

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