Looking for Buff Orpington Hens in South Georgia/N. FL area!! New owner & need any advice please!

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  1. julesrb9

    julesrb9 New Egg

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    Hello everyone!
    I'm a first time chicken owner and got a wonderful new coop for Christmas! We just bought our first two hens, one speckled sussex and one splash maran (they are 3-4 months but the maran looks twice as big!). We would like two buff orpingtons but I can't find ANYONE who is selling them in this area! If anyone knows of a place, please let me know ASAP; I would greatly appreciate it!

    Also, a few questions:
    We have our two hens in a long run and have the coop in the run; do we need to worry about hawks trying to get the hens? We live in the country outside of Thomasville, GA and I'm not sure what other animals would try and attack ours... any advice helps! We have had a rattlesnake within the past year and that worries me too.

    Also, I've seen some people mention that their chicks/hens are vaccinated... do we need to have ours vaccinated and if so, for what?

    Thank you in advance for any tips/help!!!
    Jules
     
  2. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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  4. Wyandottes7

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  5. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC and Happy Holidays! You can post a Want ad in the BST forum after you have 20 posts, https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/67/buy-sell-trade
    You might try the Predator forum and your area thread for advice on what predators you will need to deal with in your area https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/13/predators-and-pests and https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/121387/yo-georgians
    Here is a nice link on vaccinations http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ps030 many people with small flocks do not vaccinate (Mareks should be given within a day or so of hatch, and it is the most common vaccination and usually done by the hatchery or breeder).
     
  6. CrazyChookz

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  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Glad you joined the BYC flock. Marek's vaccination is given at 1 day old or so, I think it is a good thing to have. Haven't heard of the vaccine injuring any chicks. Marek's is a horrible disease and I've read of many outbreaks across the country.
     
  8. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    You'll love buff orps!! They are my favorite breed! Affectionate, friendly, great layers, good foragers and cold hardy.
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