Hello from St. Petersburg, FL!

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  1. Jillian

    Jillian Out Of The Brooder

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    As a child growing up here, I remember the crow of a rooster a few blocks away. My mom always said with a slight scowl, "Roosters aren't allowed here, but you can have chickens."

    Now, twenty odd years later and after a discussion at Knit Nite about living more naturally and what I desired from life, I was given a book from a woman in the knitting group I attend called Made From Scratch by Jenna Woginrich. As Wendy said when she gave me the book, it was perfect for me. Halfway through I said, "I'm gonna get some chickens!" I asked my parents if I could build a coop and have some chickens in the yard and Dad said yes! I knew there had to be a good reason to still be living at home somewhere- that good reason is a backyard for chickens and gardening. [​IMG]

    But then the sound of doom. My sister-in-law, whom I do love despite negative tendencies similar to mom's, said I couldn't have them at all in St. Pete. Undaunted, I began to scour the web this morning. In no less than ten minutes I found this site and through it a link to Pinellas County Citizens for Backyard Poultry. Huzzah! I can have chickens (legally)!

    So now to the fun part, building the coop and getting chickens. I only want 3-5 chickens and I figure on spending my "winter" (Floridians understand the need for quotations) building my coop. I have some ideas for my coop, based loosely on what I know of chickens from movies and farms I've visited, but am trying to figure out the nest area. Browsing another topic made me realize that could depend on the type of chicken I get. So first need to figure that out.

    I am so happy to have found this site, thank you for it and the help I know I will get from you all.

    Also, I will be attending this https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=399370 to ask questions of course!
     
  2. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

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    Welcome to BYC.
     
  3. wekiva bird

    wekiva bird Chillin' With My Peeps

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  4. Kat's Silly Chickens

    Kat's Silly Chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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  5. chics in the sun

    chics in the sun Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome again, Jillian!! You can see my Florida Cracker coop when you come to the swap. We are lucky down here, as the coops can be pretty sub-standard and the chickens still won't freeze! [​IMG] I've also never had trouble with predators in St.Pete, but I keep a close eye on the sky for the hawks around here!
     
  6. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] and [​IMG] from Ohio.
     
  7. Gallo del Cielo

    Gallo del Cielo La Gallina Resort & Spa

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    Hello from Tucson and [​IMG] Good luck on your chicken preparations! You're at the right spot to learn all that need to get started.
     
  8. Jillian

    Jillian Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:Looking forward to it! And yup, always have an eye out for those hawks. With my small parrot outside always have an eye in the sky. A young red tail used to hang around for a while but haven't seen any of late. The chickens will have great places to hide among the bamboo too!

    It looks like we're getting six chickens. My sister is dead set on having an EE and I won't give up any of the ones I've chosen.


    Thank you all for the welcome. I have already learned so much! Couple a quick reading speed with great reading retention... I'm still digesting everything I read yesterday- spent the whole day on here! [​IMG]
     
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  9. MeghanMermaid

    MeghanMermaid Out Of The Brooder

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    As a child growing up here, I remember the crow of a rooster a few blocks away. My mom always said with a slight scowl, "Roosters aren't allowed here, but you can have chickens."


    Now, twenty odd years later and after a discussion at Knit Nite about living more naturally and what I desired from life, I was given a book from a woman in the knitting group I attend called Made From Scratch by Jenna Woginrich. As Wendy said when she gave me the book, it was perfect for me. Halfway through I said, "I'm gonna get some chickens!" I asked my parents if I could build a coop and have some chickens in the yard and Dad said yes! I knew there had to be a good reason to still be living at home somewhere- that good reason is a backyard for chickens and gardening. /img/smilies/big_smile.png


    But then the sound of doom. My sister-in-law, whom I do love despite negative tendencies similar to mom's, said I couldn't have them at all in St. Pete. Undaunted, I began to scour the web this morning. In no less than ten minutes I found this site and through it a link to Pinellas County Citizens for Backyard Poultry. Huzzah! I can have chickens (legally)!


    So now to the fun part, building the coop and getting chickens. I only want 3-5 chickens and I figure on spending my "winter" (Floridians understand the need for quotations) building my coop. I have some ideas for my coop, based loosely on what I know of chickens from movies and farms I've visited, but am trying to figure out the nest area. Browsing another topic made me realize that could depend on the type of chicken I get. So first need to figure that out.


    I am so happy to have found this site, thank you for it and the help I know I will get from you all.


    Also, I will be attending this https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=399370 to ask questions of course!
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    Hi! Im in St.Pete (Gulfport) too...and I have had SO MUCH fun having chickens! After researching the breeds, I quickly found out that some breeds (especially if you're on lyrics going to have a few) are tamer, nicer, and more friendly then others. I have Bantam Cocin and Plymouth Barred Rocks and they eat out of my hand. Come when I call the from our large, yard (we allow them to free range)..and even: SIT ON OUR LAPS, INSIDE, WHILE WE WATCH TV IN THE EVENING!!! Dont "impulse" by from pet shops, LOOK ON CRAIGLIST in our area. We drove several different places in central florida to buy specific "affectionate" breeds. Plymouth Barred Rocks also come in standard breed and are prolific layers![​IMG]
     

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