New Member in Florida

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by verlaj, Feb 22, 2009.

  1. verlaj

    verlaj Chillin' With My Peeps

    788
    8
    141
    Jan 31, 2009
    Micanopy, Florida
    Hi, all, and thanks for the information you have already provided to me.

    I am not new to chickens - got our first day-old chicks from the feed store about 8 years ago. Still have 2 of those hens (one barred rock, one RIR) plus 9 more (4 GL Wyandottes, 2 Black Australorps, 3 Buff Orpingtons) that we got as chicks a couple of years later.

    I found BYC only recently, when searching for testimonials and advice about ordering day-old chicks from hatcheries through the USPS. I am doing that for the first time this spring to try out some breeds that I can't purchase as pullet chicks locally. I placed an order with Ideal - should have 30 (!!) chicks shipped on May 6 - 5 pullets each of Barnevelders, Welsummers, Partridge Rocks, Columbian Wyandottes, "Ameracaunas," and Speckled Sussex. If any turn out to be roosters, I will be looking for new homes for them, so I'll keep you posted on that.

    We live on rural property in Florida - have 2 horses and 4 dogs in addition to the chickens. The dogs and chickens - which roam the place during the day - get along fine. I think the dogs protect the chickens by keeping other predators away.

    The kids (3) are grown and moved out, but we see them often and they relieve us of the good farm eggs when they come by!

    We got started with the chickens because my eldest daughter wanted them. Now we are hooked - love the hens, and love the superior eggs!
     
  2. spook

    spook Chillin' With My Peeps

    Greetings, a hearty welcome from Maine to you! Hope to see you around the forum soon!
     
  3. KellyHM

    KellyHM Overrun With Chickens

    7,096
    13
    261
    Sep 10, 2008
    Lakeland, FL
    Welcome!! I'm in Gainesville and we have a great community of BYCers around here! We just had a swap meet yesterday (buy, sell, or trade) and are having another one in Ocala on March 14th. Even if you don't need any more chickens you're welcome to come and hang out with us!
     
  4. kdcrws

    kdcrws Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 18, 2008
    L.C. FL
  5. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

    7,008
    22
    261
    Jun 10, 2007
    Douglasville GA
    [​IMG]
     
  6. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

    7,008
    22
    261
    Jun 10, 2007
    Douglasville GA
    [​IMG]
     
  7. B. Saffles Farms

    B. Saffles Farms Mr. Yappy Chickenizer

    Nov 23, 2008
    Madisonville, TN
    [​IMG] from TN
     
  8. halo

    halo Got The Blues

    6,069
    37
    291
    Nov 22, 2007
    Florida
    My Coop
    Hi neighbor!

    The best hole-in-the-wall pizza place is in Micanopy, called Blue Highway. I go there now and again when I want a REAL pizza.
     
    Last edited: Feb 22, 2009
  9. Poison Ivy

    Poison Ivy Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 2, 2007
    Naples, Florida
    Hi and welcome to the board. Make sure to come down to my place on the 14th for the swap / meet and greet.
     
  10. ntiveheart

    ntiveheart Chillin' With My Peeps

    hello from seminole county! be careful here on the boards.........there is no 12 step program for the likes of us! lol
    i get the shivers every time someone offers eggs.......so does my husband, although for different reasons!
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by