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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by FloridaChuck, Dec 20, 2010.

  1. FloridaChuck

    FloridaChuck New Egg

    Dec 8, 2010
    I've been reading the board for awhile and decided to register. I'm not completely new to the world of chickens as I have had some before, but work and other factors influenced me to get rid of them for a few years. I'm now retired and time isn't the issue that it used to be.
    I live in Holley, Santa Rosa County, Florida (near Pensacola for those with some geographic knowledge of the area. I live in a residential area but most lots are rather large for an urban area. My lot is over an acre and fronts East Bay.
    About 7 weeks past, a friend insisted on giving me 5 mongrel hens and a mixed EE rooster. I built a coop, 8' X 10' for the adult chickens and got myself organized with water and feeders. The first night a varmint got the rooster and I fixed the area where he got the rooster and haven't lost another. Since I have lived at the present location, I knew there were an abundance of raccoons, opossums, grey fox, a few black bears, feral house cats, and an occasional Bobcat. There are also coyotes and amadillas - not sure an amadilla is a threat or not. I haven't lost anymore chickens, but seeing animal tracks around the coop I went proactive and have trapped and relocated 4 raccoons, one opossum and 1 feral cat. The more I trap and relocate the more tracks I see at the coop. My hope was to be able to clean out the varmints to the extent that I could let the chickens free range in the daytime. I'm certainly not at that place yet.
    I'm somewhat familiar with chicken breeds, but certainly not an expert. Over time maybe I can get some decent pictures of my hens and see if someone can help with identifying the likely parentage of them. One has me intrigued as it's a mid sized black chicken with a black pea comb, no wattles, black legs. The size makes me think it had some Bantam parentage. The person that gave me the chickens isn't much help as he trades chickens frequently and his information is not reliable (sorry).
    Anyway, since this is long, I will just end by saying I am looking forward to interacting and learning.
  2. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    [​IMG] You'll find most anything you want to know on here, plus plenty of socializing opportunity if you wish.

    Armadillos won't hurt your chickens though they carry leprosy in their noses.

    Not sure about Fla, but just to let you know, it is often illegal to relocate wild critters.

    I tried trapping, too. What now allows me to free range my chickens is the dogs, who I trained to leave the chickens alone. They are not guard dogs, they're just shelter dogs, but they live outdoors and bark and chase anything that comes on the property.

    Enjoy your chickens!
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  3. BobwhiteQuailLover

    BobwhiteQuailLover Country Girl[IMG]emojione/assets/png/2665.png?v=2.

    Sep 25, 2010
    [​IMG] from WI!! [​IMG]
  4. S&N Livestock

    S&N Livestock Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 17, 2009
    southern ohio
    [​IMG] from Ohio
  5. FloridaChuck

    FloridaChuck New Egg

    Dec 8, 2010
    Quote:I checked with the local Wildlife folks and you are right about relocating animals. Never in my wildest dreams did I suspect you could not drop off a raccoon or opossum in a game preserve of over a million acres. I guess that leads to a lot of useless slaughter of animals.

    Thanks for your information. [​IMG]
  6. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Welcome to BYC.
  7. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 3, 2007
    Oberlin, OH
    [​IMG] and [​IMG] from Ohio.

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