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Introduction of myself- waco76

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by waco76, May 23, 2010.

  1. waco76

    waco76 In the Brooder

    May 22, 2010
    I live in Florida in the middle of the woods, I am retired and decided to try my hand at rasing chickens for eggs. I am building a chicken coop and fencing it in so the chickens will be safe and secure. We bought 8 chickens, 4 different types and I think they have grown some already. I join up in hopes of learning how to care for the critters. I might have gone a little over board building the coop and what I have planed for the compond around the coop, several friends have accused me of buildiing a scale down version of gitmo. In the short time I have lived in the woods I have discovered that racoons are excellent burglers and very smart.

  2. SmartyChick

    SmartyChick An Official Milkmaid

    Oct 19, 2009
    Sullivan County NY
    [​IMG] from the north! I'd rather go too protective on the coop/run than to little.

    And welcome to the addiction.

    SAORSA Chirping

    Apr 23, 2010
    Wine Country
    [​IMG] and [​IMG] from Central California

    My opinion is your coop can never be too secure or too big.
    Racoons aren't the only thing you have to worry about in them there woods. [​IMG]
    I spent some time there and there are some scarry things out there.
  4. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

    May 19, 2008
    Western MA
  5. NurseNettie

    NurseNettie Songster

    Feb 13, 2008
    Northern Maine
    Welcome, and great job on protecting those chickens!!! "Overdoing it"in the beginning will save trouble and heartache in the end ( assuming you actually CAN overdo it, which I don't think you can!)

  6. sgtmom52

    sgtmom52 Birds & Bees

    [​IMG] from PA.

    I like your coop ~ esp the red! I would love to see pictures of the run too.
  7. schellie69

    schellie69 Songster

    Oct 8, 2009
    [​IMG] from Kansas I don't think you can over do it on the safety of the coop better do it right the 1st time then have to go back and redo it once a predator gets in it.

  8. wolftracks

    wolftracks Spam Hunter

    Nov 6, 2009
    [​IMG] from California.

    Good luck with your new hobby. Don't blink much, cause those chicks are going to grow leaps and bounds and surprise you. You're going to love this site too. Lots and lots of good people and so many willing to share their knowledge.

    Oh and you can never build a coop to secure OR too big.[​IMG]
  9. chics in the sun

    chics in the sun Songster

    Apr 1, 2010
    [​IMG] from St.Petersburg, and, yeah, the woods in central Florida (Ocala Nat Forrest) is the only place I've ever seen a bear!! You need all the protection you can get - also, there are lots of ideas on here for warm-weather coops, too. They are a little different from Northern coops.
  10. Heidi Riley

    Heidi Riley In the Brooder

    May 17, 2010
    Washington State
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