Hi from Central Florida

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by DCS, Nov 26, 2008.

  1. DCS

    DCS Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 26, 2008
    Well, I've gone and done it, and started another hobby...

    And since every hobby has a message board these days, I figured I should probably register. I've been brainstorming (and stealing) coop ideas for my new flock... and when I registered, it said I needed to introduce myself.

    DH and I moved to "the country" about 6 months ago, partly because of work, and we wanted to get away from the crime and violence of the big city. (I see a lot of it in my line of work.) In any case, we picked up 5 lovely acres, and there's a pseudo coop already on the property. I say "pseudo" because it has a nice frame and roof, but no walls. It was wire once, but we've torn it out. I plan to wall in the back wall, solid wall 2' around the base, and use small wire and fabric as a windbreak on the 3 other walls. (Anticipating the summer heat, and that it doesn't get cold here...)

    My flock is 2 weeks old now - one of the last of McMurray's shipments this calendar year. It's a mix of 23 heavies, although I'm still trying to figure out what we got. They are in a cardboard brooder in the guest bathroom, and growing like weeds. I am going to try to raise both meat birds and layers, although this city girl is still grappling with the idea of slaughter. (Actually, husband is having a harder time.) Still, these are not pet birds, and I'm not going about it as such. At least, they aren't now.

    We have plenty of other pets (we are active in dog rescue, especially border collies) and I'm trying to avoid getting sheep like many of my BC friends. We are also saltwater reefkeepers, and have a 230gallon aquarium in the house.

    I really appreciate the FAQ and coop pics - I've been lurking for a couple of months while we tried to decide if we wanted to take the plunge.

  2. B. Saffles Farms

    B. Saffles Farms Mr. Yappy Chickenizer

    Nov 23, 2008
    Madisonville, TN
    Welcome to BYC
  3. Pumpkinpup

    Pumpkinpup Poultry Princess

    Jul 16, 2008
    North-West Georgia
    [​IMG] Sounds as if you have this all pretty well thought out. Congrats and I hope you love it here on BYC as much as I do [​IMG]
  4. Pinky

    Pinky Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 15, 2008
    South GA
  5. eggchel

    eggchel Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Dec 26, 2006
    Both Coasts
    Hi Danielle and welcome to BYC! Im glad that you decided to join and hope that you will enjoy interacting with all the other chicken owners here. We have a very diverse group here, ranging from those who only keep their chickens as pets to those who do not consider them pets at all and raise them strictly for meat/egg production.

    When it comes time for you to butcher your meat birds, you will find a lot of good information and a lot of support in the Meat Birds section.

  6. hoosier

    hoosier Chillin' With My Peeps

  7. ~SunSetsWest~

    ~SunSetsWest~ Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 20, 2008
    Central, Fl.
    [​IMG] Where in Central Fl are you?
  8. lesliet

    lesliet Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 27, 2007
    Webster, FL

    wow I thought my 120 gallon tank was big, but a 230 gallon tank [​IMG]
  9. DCS

    DCS Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 26, 2008
    I'm outside of Haines City, which is between Orlando and Tampa.

    I am rethinking the walls - just can't decide. Like I said, it doesn't get all that cold here...but it does get really hot. The old coop, well, has a roof and 4 posts. I've ripped most of the old wire off, as it wasn't small enough to deter possums and racoons, both of which I see by the side of the road on a regular basis. I am trying to remind myself that they are chickens, not children, and are perfectly capable of surviving in a coop that isn't asthetically pleasing.

    I don't even know what the status of the roof is (leak-wise), but I may just turn to that Florida staple, the blue tarp.
  10. Grant6411

    Grant6411 RIP Steven

    Dec 1, 2008
    Tampa, FL
    Quote:where in central florida?

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