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Old 09-03-2015, 06:47 PM
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Question Anyone have chickens in central Florida

Neighbors lost all theirs to neighbors dog, thinking about getting a few.

I want a good egg layer, pretty bird, unique, not the same old Rhode Island Red.


Any advise?

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Old 09-03-2015, 06:52 PM
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We had very good luck with black sex links. Hardy birds and great layers. Must be protected in a totally enclosed pen though as possums and coons finally got all of ours.
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Old 09-03-2015, 07:34 PM
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Barred Rocks are very docile and good layers with an interesting gray/black feather pattern. Brown eggs.

Araucana chicken lay a little smaller egg that is usually a shade of light green or bluish green and the chickens themselves are a variety of colors.

Check them out at Murray McMurray Hatchery.

https://www.mcmurrayhatchery.com/sta...ed_chicks.html
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Old 09-03-2015, 09:17 PM
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I just started a couple months ago, barred rocks are very docile like said above, my leghorn is the leader, the RIR seem a bit scared and the Silver laced are scared. The Australops kind of just hang. Cant go wrong with the barred rocks and the silver laced
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Old 09-04-2015, 03:00 AM
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My neighbors son had a few chickens....owls wiped them out
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We have two buff orpingtons and three bard rocks. The orpingtons are very docile. I have a 6 foot privacy fence around my property so no issues with predators yet. They stay out all day and go in the coop around 6. They love eating ants and other insects out of the yard.
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Heritage RIRs. Entirely different bird than hatchery RIR.

Unique?

Orpingtons, barred rocks, sexlinks of any variety, the possibilities are endless.
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My neighbor has a couple in Clearwater, I help pay for feed and he gives me some eggs.

Amazing eggs they are with huge yolks.... yummy.
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I have a barred rock, a buff orpington and a red leghorn. The BR is the friendliest, smartest and best egg layer. Her name is Bob and I love her.
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You have to make sure the bird can handle the heat of Florida as well, some are better suited for the Northern temperates.

Like mentioned earlier the Plymouth Barred Rocks are nice birds. Another cool/interesting looking chicken is the Ameraucanas, they're the ones that'll give you blue and green eggs. Another one of my favorites is the Black Sexlink.

Make sure you build them an extremely secure coops for when the roost. They sell automatic door openers that'll open and shut based of sunlight.

Another great source of information is backyardchickens.com

Keep in mind you'll have more eggs than you'll know what to do with and with a dozen of quality eggs in the store going for $7-$8 at half that with friends and family it'll support their feed and bedding.

Here is a picture of my wife putting our birds to bed before going out to dinner, and she did change her shoes before leaving.

This was when were had 3 acres in Missouri....

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What are the silver looking chickens in that pic?
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huh? there's chickens in that pic??? very nice!
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Old 09-06-2015, 05:15 AM
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Originally Posted by bubblejunkie View Post
What are the silver looking chickens in that pic?
Silver Laced Wyandott. Not sure of the spelling
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Originally Posted by Ermoalfa View Post
My neighbor has a couple in Clearwater, I help pay for feed and he gives me some eggs.

Amazing eggs they are with huge yolks.... yummy.
The best eggs I have ever had were yard eggs that a friend from Georgia gave me.
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Old 09-06-2015, 03:23 PM
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Originally Posted by adimice View Post
Silver Laced Wyandott. Not sure of the spelling
I have 2 "butkiss" and "uncle paulie" very pretty birds, all my chickens are named after rocky characters per my 6 year old daughter
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Originally Posted by raystein View Post
We had very good luck with black sex links.

The OP is asking about chickens. We don't care what you search for on Craigs List.

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Originally Posted by adimice View Post
Silver Laced Wyandott. Not sure of the spelling
Yep that is what they are. The white ones with the black heads are Light Brahmas, which I would NOT recommend for Florida, they do not like the heat and are more suited for cool climates. The Silver Laced Wyandotte (had to look up the spelling) are good birds as well, very personable and good layers.

That is one of my favorite pictures of my wife! It reminds me how cool of chick (no pun intended) she really is.
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Originally Posted by Boataholic View Post
huh? there's chickens in that pic??? very nice!
If you look closely, I think you'll be able to see them.
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Old 09-13-2015, 07:34 AM
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Originally Posted by NoWake200 View Post
If you look closely, I think you'll be able to see them.
I don't see chickens but another interested bird..the ruby breasted mattress thrasher.....
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Neighbor has chickens, possums have gotten sure, dug under the fence and pen. But always wear a pollen mask when collecting eggs, etc. chickens carry histoplasmosis, a dangerous lung disease.
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