Hi from Central FL - I'm about to take the chicken plunge...maybe...

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by guesswhatchickenbutt, Mar 5, 2009.

  1. guesswhatchickenbutt

    guesswhatchickenbutt Songster

    Mar 5, 2009
    Central FL
    Hi chicken-lovers!!

    My name is Kate and I live in Central Florida. I don't have chickens yet, but I'm on the cusp of chicken-ownership. I'm trying to learn all I can before taking the plunge and I've been reading some posts on this forum, along with ordering 2 chicken books and reading chicken blogs like they're going out of style.

    I am allowed to have chickens in my area of town, but my home owner's association says no chickens. We can have horses, but not chickens. So if I get them, it'll have to be covert. We have close to two acres fenced with 6-foot privacy fencing, so I think it'll be okay. We raised 8 ducks here before for about 3 years and no one found out - and the ducks were noisy!!

    I'm a bit worried about chickens though. I've always loved the idea of it and after about 2 years of being undecided I am on the cusp of leaping into chicken ownership right now. I feel that it's important if you get some chickens you should take on the responsibility of owning them for their entire lives and not give them away... so I wonder if I'll like owning them. I know that sounds silly, but I know i like owning dogs and cats... what if i get the chickens and don't like it? That's one of my major fears...

    Also, how noisy would 3 hens be? I've got three breeds picked out - Americauna (probably just a random EE though), a RIR and a barred rock. I thought about getting 3 since I heard they're very social birds.

    Ugh - I have so many questions, but have time to learn. The chicks don't arrive at the Feed store until the 1st week in April so I'll continue reading everything I can until then.

    Sorry for the novel. Just wanted to let you all know where I'm coming from!!

    Thanks for all the great and insightful posts I've been reading - and the beyond-cute pics too!!!!

    Off to keep reading...

    Take care!

  2. n-da-woods

    n-da-woods Songster

    Jan 18, 2009
    North Carolina
    Welcome to BYC from NC [​IMG]
  3. B. Saffles Farms

    B. Saffles Farms Mr. Yappy Chickenizer

    Nov 23, 2008
    Madisonville, TN
    [​IMG] from TN
  4. mullers3acers

    mullers3acers Songster

    Oct 9, 2007
    la porte, In
    [​IMG] take the plunge you won't regret it!

  5. The Chicken Lady

    The Chicken Lady Moderator Staff Member 10 Years

    Apr 21, 2008
    West Michigan
    [​IMG], Kate!

    Glad to have you here! [​IMG]

    It's smart to do some research before jumping in. If you use the "search" feature, you'll probably find that a lot of the questions you're asking have already been answered elsewhere on the forum. Dig around through different areas of the forum, and of course, ask a question if you can't find what you're looking for. We're always happy to help! [​IMG]
  6. pw_quiltworks

    pw_quiltworks One Handy Chick

    Jan 7, 2009
    From Old Town, Maine
  7. Poison Ivy

    Poison Ivy Songster

    May 2, 2007
    Naples, Florida

  8. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop

    In your situation, I'd advise against roosters.

    AND, there is nothing wrong with getting joy from giving chickens to others, or even selling them at below market price to help others get started with chickens. I like spreading the joy.
  9. peckndirt

    peckndirt Songster

    Jan 11, 2009
    North Carolina

  10. hoosier

    hoosier Songster

    Go on - you know you want to! [​IMG]

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