Tampa Bay area - New Member in Florida

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by TampaBK, Nov 18, 2015.

  1. TampaBK

    TampaBK Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 14, 2015
    Hi fellow chicken lovers!

    I have been reading BYC for a while and can't get enough. Finally joined the website a couple days ago. Sooo much great information and experience to learn from.

    I have a mixed flock of 6 laying hens who my small kids named and adore. They free range in our yard (about 2/3 acre) and go to their coop to lay, and to sleep at night. Flock consists of (1) Deleware (Sparkle), (1) Barred Rock (Choo-Choo), (2) Rhode Island Reds - which according to what I read on the forums are most likely "Production Reds" (Cupcake and Carmel), and (2) Black Austrolrop (Mickey and Minnie). All about 1 year old.

    This is the second flock of chickens we've owned (first flock of mostly BR's and Black Austo's were systematically wiped out by Raccoon) and my next project is try to breed some of the girls. After reading the forums on this website, it occurred to me that with a single RIR Rooster, I could theoretically get 3 different common chicken breeds: BSL (w/ Barred Rock Hen), RSL (w/ Deleware Hen) and RIR (with RIR hens). However, Instead of getting a mature RIR roo, I got (4) 3 week old chicks from a lady near me who was selling a bunch from a straight run, (1) barred rock (hoping to get another layer) and (3) RIR. I figure being from a straight, I had a very good chance of getting a roo. I can't tell my BR Chick gender yet. But out of 3 RIR's chicks, 1 is surely a rooster, and 1 is surely a pullet. The 3rd, I cannot tell.

    I hope to post some pictures of the girls ( and new boy(s)) soon and can't wait to interact with you.

  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Welcome to BYC - glad that you have joined our community.
  3. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  4. gander007

    gander007 Chicken Obsessed

    Alright [​IMG] great to have you joining the BYC flock [​IMG]

    Enjoy you flock


    My newest additions as of last night [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
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  5. TampaBK

    TampaBK Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 14, 2015
    Here are some pics of the flock in incl[​IMG]





    uding newbies.
  6. N F C

    N F C just 1 more cup pls Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013

    Raising chickens is a fun and rewarding hobby for the whole family, glad the kids are having fun with it.

    Thanks for joining us!
  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Welcome, hope you enjoy Backyard chickens as much as we do.
  8. Frindizzle

    Frindizzle Guitar Girl <3 Premium Member

    Welcome to BYC! Glad you joined the flock! [​IMG]
  9. coopcray

    coopcray New Egg

    Nov 22, 2015
    Welcome! We just joined today and are from just south of the Tampa Bay area!
  10. Frindizzle

    Frindizzle Guitar Girl <3 Premium Member

    [​IMG]. Cute avatar!

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