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South FL Chickens?

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by krokelly, Feb 3, 2014.

  1. krokelly

    krokelly New Egg

    Feb 2, 2014

    I'll be starting up my chicken flock on property that I'm buying.
    I have several questions:
    1. What do I clean out the used coop with?
    2. What kind of bedding is best?
    3. I want organic birds/eggs. What feed is best?
    4. I would like to use heritage birds, as I do not want these breeds to die out. What is a good source?
    Oh, and it's actually more central FL, in zone 8.
    Thank you all in advance.
  2. liz9910

    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 8, 2012
    Northern California
    Welcome to BYC! I don't know all the answers to your questions but I'll answer the ones I do know: I use Sweet PDZ under the roost, it's a product that absorbs wetness/odors originally used in horses's stalls. Nest boxes I use shavings, and in the run I use sand which is very easy to clean. For finding birds in your area I would post on your state's thread to find locals who raise the kind of chickens you want: https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/26/where-am-i-where-are-you also you can check out this breeds chart to help you narrow down your decision: http://www.sagehenfarmlodi.com/chooks/chooks.html best of luck to you.
  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    [​IMG] Some feed stores sell organic feed , I understand it is very expensive though.
  4. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 26, 2011
    Upper Peninsula Michigan
    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan [​IMG]

    Many of your question may be answered by looking through the Learning Center. Google the Henderson Chicken Chart for a good breed resource.
  5. gander007

    gander007 Chicken Obsessed

    Alright [​IMG] great to have a new flock member onboard [​IMG]

    I use vinegar to clean out my coop then hose down [​IMG]

    For bedding I use just Straw but other people use different things [​IMG]

    For feed most anything you eat and have left over and cracked corn, turkey feed with at least 20% protean, lay mash, some times rice that is the basic diet [​IMG]

    That sounds like a good choice on chickens [​IMG]


    Some of my flock eating rice as a treat [​IMG]

    gander007 [​IMG]
    Last edited: Feb 3, 2014
  6. krokelly

    krokelly New Egg

    Feb 2, 2014
    What can I NOT feed chickens (like no grapes or chocolate for dogs, no azaleas for iguanas)
  7. Chickens can not eat citrus.
  8. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
  9. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop

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