Greetings from Sunny SW Florida!

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Re: Greetings from Sunny SW Florida!

Unread post by dizzy » Mon May 13, 2019 9:08 pm

Where in Jersey does the one live?

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Re: Greetings from Sunny SW Florida!

Unread post by Old Fashioned » Mon May 13, 2019 9:17 pm

I am 59 and have 3 sons....38, 19 & 17. My hubs & I were married for 27 years, until he passed away just this last February. My oldest son is from my first marriage and he just bought a house this last year within 10 miles of here. The 2 youngest are still at home learning how to adult |em2|


btw.....I also have 2 dogs, 1 inside cat, 1 outside cat and 11 chickens....well, better make that 21 chickens. 11 are keepers and 10 are bound for the freezer.

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Re: Greetings from Sunny SW Florida!

Unread post by kbhlmh » Tue May 14, 2019 11:32 am

dizzy wrote:
Mon May 13, 2019 9:08 pm
Where in Jersey does the one live?
Bedminster, NJ
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Re: Greetings from Sunny SW Florida!

Unread post by kbhlmh » Tue May 14, 2019 11:38 am

Old Fashioned wrote:
Mon May 13, 2019 9:17 pm
I am 59 and have 3 sons....38, 19 & 17. My hubs & I were married for 27 years, until he passed away just this last February. My oldest son is from my first marriage and he just bought a house this last year within 10 miles of here. The 2 youngest are still at home learning how to adult |em2|


btw.....I also have 2 dogs, 1 inside cat, 1 outside cat and 11 chickens....well, better make that 21 chickens. 11 are keepers and 10 are bound for the freezer.
Sorry to hear about the loss of your hubby. :sad: It's nice that your eldest lives nearby. Sounds like you have you hands full. How do you decide which chickens to keep and which to cull? I only have one |em20|, no critters (unless my 13 y.o. counts as one!) :smile:
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Re: Greetings from Sunny SW Florida!

Unread post by Farmfresh » Tue May 14, 2019 12:08 pm

I was a paraprofessional with behavior disorders and worked with middle schoolers for about 12 of the 20+years I did the job. In my professional opinion ... ALL middle school children fully qualify as "critters".

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Re: Greetings from Sunny SW Florida!

Unread post by kbhlmh » Tue May 14, 2019 12:09 pm

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Karen - SW Florida Zone 10a
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Re: Greetings from Sunny SW Florida!

Unread post by Old Fashioned » Tue May 14, 2019 8:55 pm

You got that right Farm...….though sometimes I called mine creatures, cause sometimes I wasn't sure if they were human |em2|

K (hope you don't mind my calling you that).......I have 5 Orpingtons, 2 Cuckoo Marans, 1 Red Blue Laced (or is it Blue Red Laced???) Wyandotte rooster.....plus 2 mixed pullets & 1 mixed cockerel.
Originally last year I had bought 5 Orpington & 5 Marans chicks that I was going to raise to age then give 1/2 to my oldest when he got his house. One of the Marans turned out to be a rooster and I thought I was all set for my own flock, but he died of unknown causes and I traded 2 of the Marans pullets for the Wyandotte rooster and right away one of the Orpingtons went broody which gave me the 3 mixed. So I have 11 birds total for eggs & meat.....those are my keepers unless #1 gets a coop then I'll have 5 or 6.

I have been raising chickens for 10? or 12? years and was always multi-purpose breeds until I found the right breed for what I wanted to do...which was to have a good bird for eggs, decent amount of meat, gentle disposition, and prone to broodiness & good mothers...…..I found all that in Orpingtons, and often get double yolkers as a bonus.


The 10 for the freezer are Cornish X's that are hybrid birds that are only for meat. It only takes about 6 weeks until they're ready for butchering. This is my first time raising them. And I am hoping to get atleast one or two more groups of 10 to raise for the freezer to be stocked up on chicken. Plus whatever we eat in the meantime. That is if I can stand the nasty smell of em.


Last year was my first time to raise turkeys. I had bought 3, but one died. The other two were raised & butchered. One left whole for Thanksgiving and the other was 'parted out' for meal size portions. I want to do this again this year, but not until later. One of my local feed stores carries birds until September, so I have some time to do the chickens before getting the turkeys.

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Re: Greetings from Sunny SW Florida!

Unread post by Farmfresh » Tue May 14, 2019 8:59 pm

Just a reminder... don't wait too long to get the turkeys. They are seasonal layers and it is usually hard to find any by about mid summer.
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Re: Greetings from Sunny SW Florida!

Unread post by Old Fashioned » Tue May 14, 2019 9:20 pm

will do! |em23|

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Re: Greetings from Sunny SW Florida!

Unread post by kbhlmh » Wed May 15, 2019 5:49 pm

Thanks for the primer on chickens/turkeys!
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