Hi ya'all from Central Florida

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Shawneegyrl, Feb 26, 2013.

  1. Shawneegyrl

    Shawneegyrl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Been lurking here for a while, reading and pondering. Well today I will probably pick up a few chicks at the local feed store to raise out.

    I live in the city but am a backyard farmer with raised garden squares and several fruit trees. Been wanting chickens for a while but wasn't sure I was ready to take them on. When I read the article about composting with chickens - that did it. I am in !!

    Just think - eggs, veggies, soil improvement and occasional meat. A step closer to self sufficiency. I cannot imagine anything better!

    Newly retired and caring for the g-children. They're gonna love it, too !!

    Many questions to follow, I am sure.

    Becky

    A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects. — Robert A. Heinlein
     
  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Greetings from Kansas, Shawneegyrl, and [​IMG]! Pleased you joined our community! So, taking the poultry plunge, eh? Congratulations - you won't regret it! Here are a couple of threads to help you get you start. Have fun and enjoy the journey!!

    The Learning Center gives you the knowledge you need to be a responsible poultry keeper:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/

    For when you get your baby chicks, here is a forum packed with info and helpful people if you need advice:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/11/raising-baby-chicks

    For all things coops, look here:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/2/Coop_Designs

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/9/coop-run-design-construction-maintenance

    And if you are still unsure on which breeed(s) you might want, here is a handy chart:

    http://www.ithaca.edu/staff/jhenderson/chooks/chooks.html
     
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  3. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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  4. thasista

    thasista Chillin' With My Peeps

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  5. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

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    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan [​IMG]
     
  6. Mr MKK FARMS

    Mr MKK FARMS Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC!! [​IMG] Glad you joined us!! [​IMG]
     
  7. S&N Livestock

    S&N Livestock Chillin' With My Peeps

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  8. Kevin565

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  9. Shawneegyrl

    Shawneegyrl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks to everyone for making me feel so welcome. I now have 10 chicks. I got 4 mixed breed bantams (straight run), 3 Buff Orpington (straight run) so I may have some boys in this group. I also got 1 Brown Leghorn, 1 Black Astralorp, 1 Rhode Island Red, sexed as females. I want a Easter Egger and a Maran. Hope to get next week.

    I have them in a plastic tub with a warming light, shavings, food and water. They are eating like crazy and cheeping away so it looks like all is good so far.

    My 7 year old g-daughter is excited about them, but insists she could never eat one of them. They must know because when out of the tub the run to her already. Seven month old Landon would love to hold one and he is very irritated that he can't - you can see it in the pic.


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  10. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Hi, Becky, welcome to BYC, and good luck with starting your flock.
     

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