New to the backyard chicken idea.

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Chiqui, Feb 11, 2015.

  1. Chiqui

    Chiqui Hatching

    Feb 11, 2015
    We want to raise BYC; we are wanting to know about good breeds for our Florida climate, St. Petersburg to be exact. Is there a place to buy organically grown chicks? Can I ever add chicks or chicken to the group? Do they need to be vaccinated for Mareks?
  2. familyfarm1

    familyfarm1 Crowing

    Jun 9, 2013
    Northern Virginia
    I don't know if there is any place for you to buy organically raised chicks in Florida since I live in VA. I would get Production reds, Barred Rocks, Buff orpingtons, Wyandottes, or Easter Eggers.
  3. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Free Ranging

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    Organic chicks would be very hard to find. There may be breeders in your area that raise organically but hatcheries won't.
    There are so many great breeds that I'm reluctant to recommend any one but for Florida, I'd go with a Mediterranean breed, Cubalayas, Fayoumis or any breed developed in warm climates.

    Mediterranean breeds are anconas, andalusians, Spanish, buttercup, Minorca, empordanesa, penedesenca, leghorn, catalana.

    You're right to consider climate first. Starting with a short list of breeds adaptable to your climate will make your life much easier in the long run.
    Definitely stay away from heavy feathered breeds developed in cold climates.
    Many chickens can handle cold but many die from heat.
    Last edited: Feb 11, 2015
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  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Chicken Canoe is right - the climate is very important.
  5. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! You might check out the Florida state thread for breeds people in your area have success with, X3 most of the Mediterranean breeds should do fine
    You can add to your flock at a later date, but it does usually take some planning and some time, there is a nice article in the Learning Center on it
    There is a lot of debate on Mareks, I do prefer to have it done or vaccinate them myself, since it is in my area, another nice article from the LC
  6. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]I'm glad you joined our "flock"

    You've received some very good advice already! I'm not sure where you would get organically raised chicks in your area, since I'm not from Florida. I suspect that it would be rather difficult to find some, unfortunately.

    In response to your other questions, yes, you can add more chickens to your original flock. I continually add on to my flocks of chickens with no problems. It's almost impossible to not want more birds after you've had a couple![​IMG]` Chickens don't need to be vaccinated for Mareks. However, it is a very good practice that can help prevent deaths in the future. Marek's is a terrible disease that has no treatment, so prevention is definitely better than cure.
  7. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO.

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

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons

    Apr 23, 2014
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    Great links provided by ChickenCanoe and Kelsie.
  9. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    [​IMG] I'm glad you joined us!

    You've received some good advice already.
  10. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Crowing

    May 14, 2014
    Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided to our flock. My sister and brother-in-law live in Florida, and most breeds and hybrids will do okay in your climate. If egg production is a priority, I would recommend Black Sex Links, which are hardy and friendly, egg laying machines. I've raised them for years (along with dozens of other breeds and hybrids), and they have been my best layers, consistently churning out more than 300 eggs per hen per year. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Whatever breeds or hybrids you decide to get, good luck with your flock.
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