New to chickens

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by EmKelly, Nov 4, 2016.

  1. EmKelly

    EmKelly New Egg

    Nov 2, 2016
    Hello everyone,
    Next week we will be getting our chicks (4 RIR's). We live in Central Florida, and I was wondering if anyone has experience with raising chickens in Florida. With the heat, humidity, and potential predators are there any tips you may have or anything special I should do to keep my chickens healthy. Thank you :)
  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings from Kansas EmKelly, and :welcome! Great to have you in our community. Here are some links to help you on your maiden voyage with chickens:
    The Learning Center is packed with informative articles that will well prepare you to be a responsible chicken keeper. You'll want to spend a lot of time initially in the Baby Chicks section but read ahead as well.
    You mentioned predators as well. In the Keeping Your Chickens Healthy section of the Learning Center you'll see useful articles about the many beasts out there that love chicken, and how to prevent them from getting yours!
    Hers is a link where you can find the FL thread should you like to chat or ask questions of other Florida poultry folk:
    I wish you well on your poultry journey. Peruse the forums and ask any questions you have along the way. Best wishes! :)
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  3. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
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  4. N F C

    N F C phooey! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013

    Until this spring when we moved to WY, I lived in central FL and had a flock. The heat and humidity can do a real number on the chickens so you're wise to be prepared for it. The FL state thread is a great place to get local help and they are a very friendly bunch of people.

    A few of the things I did:
    * Put out extra waterers (sometimes I'd put frozen water bottles in them)
    * A shallow plastic tub for the girls to stand in
    * Removed the glass windows from their coop and put in hardware cloth "windows"
    * Run a box fan in the coop, not pointed at the birds, to aid with air circulation
    * Gave them cooling treats like melon and cucumber
    * Sprayed their run with water a few times a day to keep the ground cooler

    Enjoy your new flock, thanks for joining us!
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  5. CuzChickens

    CuzChickens CountryChick

    Apr 24, 2016
    Hello there and welcome to Backyard Chickens! You have gotten some great advice and links already, so I'll just say hi! :frow
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  6. RodNTN

    RodNTN Following Jesus Premium Member

    May 22, 2013
    Serving Jesus
    My Coop
    Hi and [​IMG] You have already been given some great tips, links, and advice so I will just say enjoy BYC and best wishes! [​IMG]
    Last edited: Nov 4, 2016
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  7. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    Welcome to BYC! It's great to have you.
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  9. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
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  10. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Welcome to BYC. Good luck with, and enjoy your birds.

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