Hi yall. We are in South Louisiana. We are on Bear Island in Maurepas and most of us have little usable land just a little dry frontage with a house over water, the rest of the acreage being swampy for most of the year. (Maurepas is pronounced something like maw-rah-paw or mar-paw depending on who you talk to. ). Since moving here this is my first attempt at having chickens. We moved here a little over 2 years ago from Frost, and missed the fresh eggs and fun of having a yard full of birds. So now I am starting over with bantams. My new chicks are in a brooder (large dog kennel lined with cardboard, heat lamp hanging inside, and in the dining area). In a few weeks they will move outside to the small high ground area, roosting in converted rabbit cages equipped with nest boxes and limbs for roosting surrounded by fencing for a little foraging space during daytime. We have many predators including hawks, raccoons, alligators, etc.. So it will be a challenge to keep them safe. One of our dogs just came back from a swim with several puncture wounds and nasty scrapes. Glad to be back with chickens and on BYC!