New to chickens and Florida!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by TravelingWillow, Jan 28, 2016.

  1. TravelingWillow

    TravelingWillow Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 27, 2016
    Hi All,

    First let me thank everyone in advance for all the help I know I'm going to need!

    My name is Courtney and I am brand new to the country life, chickens and to Florida!
    My husband and I just moved from a tiny village in Upstate New York - where you could see into your neighbor's house and through it to their neighbor - to a 3-acre rural setting in Marion County, Florida. It's all new to me! Lizards, fleas, snakes, hot weather, septics, wells, hawks, owls, and a boar that chased me from the back pond to my driveway!!
    I could go on but you get the idea!

    When we bought the property a month ago it came with a coop & run and 7 chickens. They looked crowded and miserable so I decided to give 5 to my mother-in-law and keep 2 - a RIR and an Austrolorp -much more manageable.

    Having zero chicken knowledge I started searching the internet and found this site! It has been an invaluable source of inspiration and information. The girls now have better bedding, a dust bath with DE for the mites, a treat ball, fresh greens every day, a new feeder and waterer (nipple style that stays clean!) Spoiled already. Next up: a new coop! Look for me on that forum soon . . . .
  2. Bridebeliever

    Bridebeliever Chillin' With My Peeps


    Hi Courtney!

    Welcome to your new adventure too! How exciting! Sounds like you have already been doing some reading here...been to the Learning Center? This would be a great place to get your coop design!

    There's lots of friendly folks around here! Nice to meet you!
  3. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member Project Manager

    Jan 10, 2013
    [​IMG] glad you have joined us, and congrats on your new home and flock.

    Sounds like you are quite rural. Don't know I could deal with the wild boars! But people in our rural areas can't even grow veggies on a deck because of those fellas.

    Don't know how long you have been there but if recent, the upcoming weather in the summer will show you real hot/humid weather :(
    The Tampa area is the only place i have visited that is as hot and humid in the summer as here in middle GA.

    Enjoy the forums.
  4. N F C

    N F C home again! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013
  5. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC. Sounds like you have exciting times ahead. All the best with your new coop build - just make it a lot bigger than you initially intend, cos i guarantee you are going to want more chickens in the near future!

  6. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  7. NickyKnack

    NickyKnack Love is Silkie soft!

    Hello Courtney!
    Welcome to BYC and the coop! There's a lot of great peeps here! Feel free to ask lots of questions. But most of all, make yourself at home. I'm so glad you decided to joined the BYC family. I look forward to seeing you around BYC.
  8. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Hi Courtney, very nice to meet you. Hope you enjoy Backyard chickens as much as we do.

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