Hello From SE Florida!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by jlwquilter, May 22, 2019.

  1. jlwquilter

    jlwquilter Chirping

    Apr 30, 2019
    West Palm Beach FL
    Hi Everyone! I am so excited to be here and to re-start our chicken journey. We had a small flock (5) Novogens 2.5 years ago for about 7 months... predators got them after a break in our security. It was so sad and upsetting we took a loooong break. But now we are back in it full force. Too full force! I’ve already had a serious case of chicken math :lau and have several issues I’m struggling with. I’ve been reading on here every chance I get, which is why its taken me this long to post my intro.

    We have a mixed flock - RIRs (5), BOs (3), Leghorns (4), a Sicilian Buttercup (1), Americana and/or EE (I have to figure that out yet) (2), Australorps (4), and Sapphire Gems (2) and Lavender Orps (2), Light Brahmas (2), Rhode Island White (1 - I’m pretty sure that’s what she is), no idea what breed/mix she is (1). So 27 total. A bit mixed age too... youngest is 3.5 months, oldest is ?? But probably around 14 months from what the previous owners said.

    We added on to the first TSC coop several times to accommodate the flock additions but recently decided to build a walk in coop. We plan on using the old coop sections (we made them somewhat modular) for a hospital, a jail, and maybe down the road, a nursery.

    I’ve been reading the DIY thread (awesome ideas!), the coop building thread (ditto), and the chicken issue threads (very helpful!). But I have so many more more questions :). I am so hoping to draw on all of the expertise here to get me back on track and get things settled down and running much more smoothly that it’s been the past several weeks. And I hope to be able to give back in any way I can too!

    Thank you so much for having me!
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  2. DobieLover

    DobieLover Easily distracted by chickens

    Jul 23, 2018
    Apalachin, NY
    My Coop
    Hello and welcome to BYC! :frow Glad you joined.
    I can imagine that a TSC coop would be completely inadequate to house 27 birds!
    Do you have any pictures of your new coop under construction or members of your flock?
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  3. Leahs Coop

    Leahs Coop Free Ranging

    Nov 5, 2018
    Hello,:frow and welcome to Backyard Chickens! It's great to have you here with us and I hope you'll enjoy this site as much as we all do!
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  4. rjohns39

    rjohns39 Wrangler

    Aug 20, 2015
    Smith County, TN
    Hi and welcome to BYC :frow We're so happy you've decided to join us :ya
  5. Pork Pie

    Pork Pie Flockwit

    Jan 30, 2015
    Hello and welcome to BYC and your return to chickens. I hope that you enjoy your time here.

    This is a useful link of “How to” BYC guides to take a look at announcements-feedback-issues-guides.3. I’d suggest including your location using the guide in the link above. You can use this link to contact members in your area - Find your State's thread.

    Best wishes

    Pork Pie
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  6. Chick-N-Fun

    Chick-N-Fun Almy Acres Farm

    Jun 26, 2014
    Corning, NY
    Welcome to our FUN-omenal community! :celebrate Best wishes and have Lots of FUN! :wee
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  7. jlwquilter

    jlwquilter Chirping

    Apr 30, 2019
    West Palm Beach FL
    Thanks for the warm welcome! I’ll definitely check out the link to see who is on BYC near me! It’s so helpful to get links as I’m flailing around the site a bit trying to find info, although I use the search function A LOT.

    The TSC was for the first try of 5 novogens. Days later even us total newbs knew it was too small for even them. And so we built an add on which doubled the size. That worked well. We used the 2 units this time until we got over 8 hens. Then we added another extension. Got several more ladies and added another temp extension as by then we realised we had to rethink the whole operation.

    Of course I have pics of the girls and the coop build in progress :D :lau! I’ll start the coop thread just as soon as I can. Where would I post pics of the girls? I’ll definitely post Lily in the what breed is this forum as she’s the one I don’t have even a guess about.

    Oh and when I say operation I don’t mean a business. We are doing this for fun and eggs. We live semi-rural and I’ve already talked to several of the surrounding neighbors about bartering stuff when we can. I’m the only one with hens right now so eggs is a good barter item for me. IF I can solve my lack of egg issue :barnie

    Anyway, back to chores :cool: . I just harvested some bananas, of which half were taken by the raccoons and/or possums. Sigh.

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  8. Texas Kiki

    Texas Kiki Egg Pusher

    Jul 31, 2015
    Houston, TX
    My Coop
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  9. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Sounds like you need electrified fencing around the base of your trees so predator thieves will be out of luck.
  10. Missa4848

    Missa4848 Chirping

    May 5, 2019
    Douglasville pa
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