Hello from North Florida!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Meaghan, Dec 3, 2014.

  1. Meaghan

    Meaghan Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 3, 2014
    Archer, FL
    Hi! I'm Meaghan from the North Florida area. My SO Nathan and I just purchased our first home two months back and are closing on it in two weeks. We have been doing quite a bit of research into what to do with our new home's 5 acres, and we definitely would like to start our own flocks of poultry. [​IMG] I am a graduate student hoping to go into Veterinary Medicine, and Nathan is a nurse at a local hospital, so we both have our own careers aside from farm work.

    So, after doing a bit of research into breeds of chickens and ducks, we decided on Orpingtons and Muscovies; as well as some Bourbon Red and Royal Palm turkeys. We were also considering Wyandottes, but are unsure if we want (or can even afford) to set up an additional pen/coop to the three we are planning for. Later on, perhaps, but maybe not initially. :) We are planning on getting our chickens and turkeys from Meyer Hatchery and our Muscovies from Country Hatchery, because we want to start off on the right foot with healthy stock from fairly good companies.

    We also plan on having geese, quail, and guinea fowl later on, but do not have the ability to create enough pens and coops at the moment.

    In addition to our poultry adventures, we are also getting four doelings and a buckling Nubian, mainly for dairy products and raw milk, as well as five Berkshire gilts for meat and a llama for guarding them. [​IMG]

    Our other interests are in starting a garden for ourselves and for our pets diets (we currently have a menagerie of 4 cats with a fifth stray possibly being added if he can get along with everyone else, 2 dogs, and a pair each of rats, guinea pigs, rabbits, and ferrets). So, in other words, a large garden. [​IMG]

    Neither of us are brand new to farms, but this is a pretty big undertaking for us. Any general tips for starting out would be fantastic and much appreciated!
  2. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    Sounds like you picked some nice breeds to start with. Orpingtons are very friendly, docile and great on the laying. Weather hardy too. I think you will be pleased with them.

    Good luck with all your projects! I keep Bobwhites as well as chickens. Fun little bird to keep.

    Make yourself at home here and if you have any questions along the way, feel free to ask. Welcome to our flock!
  3. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 24, 2013
    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]We're glad to have you. If you have any questions, feel free to ask!
  4. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 24, 2013
    [​IMG] Glad you joined us!

    Feel free to ask lots of questions! We're all here to help. [​IMG]
  5. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!
  6. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

    May 14, 2014
    Welcome to BYC, Meaghan! Glad you decided to join our flock. I've raised Buff Orpingtons for years and they are a wonderful breed. They are hardy, calm and gentle (my children, and now my granddaughter, made lap pets of them), and good layers of large, brown eggs. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Good luck with your flock.
  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Hi Meaghan glad you joined the flock [​IMG]
  8. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    Welcome to BYC [​IMG] Your future farm sounds wonderful! BYC has a sister site, BackYardHerds.com, for other livestock, such as goats, sheep, cattle etc, where you can ask questions about goats and goat keeping. Enjoy your new venture!
  9. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member Project Manager

    Jan 10, 2013
    [​IMG] Glad you joined us.
  10. Meaghan

    Meaghan Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 3, 2014
    Archer, FL
    Thanks everyone! [​IMG]

    BantamLover21: What has your experience with Wyandottes been? Since we are still on the fence about it, I'm sort of interested in hearing how other's experiences with them have been. [​IMG]

    Sumi: Thank you for the link, I will hop on over there as well! [​IMG]

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