New Member From Florida, new to chickens too

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by HeWhoChickens, Nov 8, 2014.

  1. HeWhoChickens

    HeWhoChickens Out Of The Brooder

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    Greetings!

    My wife and I are buying our first house southeast of Tampa, Florida, 12/01/2014 (if all goes well.) It is a countryish property with 2/3rds of an acre and we are very excited to start keeping some egg laying chickens. Starting with 3 and working are way up to about 8 or 10 over time.

    We have both been reading and watching lots of videos. I'm sure I will be posting questions as they arise :)

    Be seeing you!

    --Chris
     
  2. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    So glad you could join our community!
     
  3. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    You'll be surprised how quickly you'll find yourself "working up" on those numbers, lol. Great to have you joining the flock!
     
  4. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    Welcome to BYC, Chris! Glad you decided to join our flock. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Do you have any breed preferences?
     
  5. HeWhoChickens

    HeWhoChickens Out Of The Brooder

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    Good layers that are fairly docile and would be able to handle Florida summer heat. The number of options are mind boggling.
     
  6. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    One breed I would definitely suggest is the Black Australorp. I've raised them for years (along with dozens of other breeds) and they are extremely hardy in both heat and cold. I raised them in CA where summer temperatures frequently reached 117-118 F (123 F) once, and in northern Kansas where the temperature dropped to 30 F below zero one winter, and in both climate extremes they came through like troopers. They are also very calm and docile. My children, and now my granddaughter (pictured in my avatar) made lap pets of them. And they are the best layers of the standard, brown egg laying breeds. A Black Australorp holds the brown egg laying record with 364 eggs in 365 days, and while none of mine have ever reached that kind of production (and likely never will), I've still had a few of them lay over 300 eggs in a year. Whatever breeds you decide to get, good luck with your flock.
     
  7. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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    Glad you joined!
     
  8. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!
     
  9. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Welcome to the Backyard chickens Flock
     
  10. FL Crowing Hen

    FL Crowing Hen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome to BYC. I'm new here too. I'm not far from Tampa in Polk County and just got chickens for the first time in June. They were all chicks so no eggs here yet.
     

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