South FL Chickens?

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

  1. krokelly

    krokelly New Egg

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    Hi,

    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.
    KO
     
  2. liz9910

    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

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    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

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    [​IMG] Some feed stores sell organic feed , I understand it is very expensive though.
     
  4. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

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    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]




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







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

    krokelly New Egg

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    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

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  9. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

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