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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Gophfer, Jan 14, 2014.

  1. Gophfer

    Gophfer In the Brooder

    I'm Bill, My wife Judith and I just moved to 5 acres in rural Gilchrist County, Fl. I have lots to do here since we bought a property that has not been well maintained (foreclosure.) The house is in good shape now and I have cleared debris (mostly fallen limbs and decaying plant material) from my coop and run area (yet to be built), my garden and compost area.

    Neighbors on a couple of sides of me have chickens, roosters, mules, rabbits (and since I need to do property fence work. we get visits from their dogs and cats) so no issues with any of them. After I get my infrastructure built I plan on looking for some Australorp.

    Work goes slow because if I overdo it my back complains, but it moves at a pretty steady pace.

  2. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop

    I know how you feel. My back is always complaining, especially when it sees me carrying the rakes and shovels into the chicken yard! Great to have you aboard and enjoy BYC!
  3. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    Welcome to BYC [​IMG] Glad you joined us!
  4. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!
  5. liz9910

    liz9910 Crowing

    Apr 8, 2012
    Northern California
    Welcome to BYC! When you build your coop/run make sure you build it predator proof especially if you have visits from your neighbor's dogs, and also to protect your chickens since most wild animals love to eat chickens. I recommend using 1/2 inch hardware cloth (very strong mesh wire) instead of chicken wire as most anything can break thru chicken wire. The Learning Center is a great place to start, tons of very helpful info there: https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center
  6. Alright Bill [​IMG] great to have you here with us [​IMG]

  7. Gophfer

    Gophfer In the Brooder

    Lots of red-tailed hawks here too!
  8. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Hi, Bill, congratulations on your new home, and welcome to BYC. Listen to your back!
  9. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    for hawk protection you're gonna need a covered run.

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