1. Come check out hundreds of awesome coop pages (and a few that need suggestions) in our 2018 Coop Rating Project!

New North Florida member

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by GoldmanAcres, Sep 9, 2016.

  1. GoldmanAcres

    GoldmanAcres In the Brooder

    Aug 24, 2016
    Old Town, Florida
    Hello. I am new to BYC. New to Florida (six weeks ago we moved from Michigan to Dixie County). Both sets of my grandparent's were farmers, so I have always had a love of chickens and even a rooster or two held my attention growing up. Our coop was delivered right after the hurricane swept through. Our mini chicken coop guards were brought home on Monday. They are a male and female basset/redbone coon hound/blue heeler mixes. My female is very bassett looking and half the size of her heeler looking brother. I caught her on point two days ago. Her little left side hind leg was up, tail straight up and not moving at bit. She had a lizard on point! Her brother is very much leary of birds. We live on ten acres in a VERY rural area. Hawks, owls, vultures and turkeys are seen on this property almost daily. I keep a very close watch on these two little ones. Our coop is being revamped by the man of the farm. I bought a used coop with good bones so to speak. The previous owner of the coop kept chickens to keep the wife happy. This wife is interested in keeping the hens happy. New nesting boxes with outside egg access for me have been built and will be installed by the middle of next week. The run is enclosed long and wide. I simply cant free range in any form here other than the heavy duty wire top and sides of this run. Thanks to the wonderful people in Trenton where we bought the fencing for taking the time to show me their coop and run. The ideas have been beyond helpful. I plan to put my hens and roo in the coop at night and let them out in their enclosed yard during the day. I tried to do my research about this coop before we invested in one. This week we have dug 18 inches down and buried the bottom of the coop that far down. I don't want anything digging to get in to my feathered family. We are going to add boards around the three outside walls of the coop and add another layer of one inch chicken wire embedded to the same 18 inches as the walls over the boards. Sorry for being long winded. I am super excited to find this site and make our coop a happy home for a group of hens.

  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Crowing

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings from Kansas and :welcome. Happy you joined us. Sounds like you've taken some efficient predator precautions. Best of luck to you and your flock!
  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Sounds like you have devoted a lot of time and effort to making safe surroundings for your flock. The dog lover in me is anxious to see what your new "guardians," look like. Welcome to Backyard chickens
  4. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Greetings and welcome to BYC - glad that you have joined us. I'm sure you flock will be happy campers with all the effort you have put in to keep them safe - great stuff!

    Best wishes
  5. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  6. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    Welcome to BYC! It's great to have you.
  7. Cynthia12

    Cynthia12 Always Grateful Premium Member

    Apr 11, 2010

    Excited, that you are excited. Glad you are making it safe for your birds! Have fun! [​IMG]

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by