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FarmDaddy Chicken Coop

This past fall, we started a new venture of raising chickens for the production of fresh, healthy, organic eggs.  Our flock is now up to 22 in number comprising 3 varieties of chickens.  We have 3 roosters,  4 Lacewing Wyandotte hens , 13 Barred Rock hens and 2 Rhode Island Red hens. We have discovered that they are very fascinating animals with distinct personalities. They even recognize our voices from afar!

Since FarmDaddy is located in a rural area, there were several coop design features that were important to us. Our coop needed to be spacious as well as a fortress for our chickens to be safe from predators such as bears, coyotes, raccoons, gators, hawks and eagles. To insure protection of our flock, we built this coop using heavy duty materials such as cattle panels, wire and hardware cloth.

We wanted our flock to have daily access to fresh pasture and sunlight.  Our coop was designed to be able to be easily moved from one spot on the pasture to another every 3-4 days. One unique feature is that it has retractable wheels.  This mobility allows our chickens to scratch and forage to their hearts desire without damaging the land. The quality of the pasture is improved by the droppings they produce.

The cedar roost boxes mounted along the back of the coop have drop doors to access eggs and aid in cleaning the nest boxes without having to enter the coop.  Our design includes an automated feeder and watering system that are accessible from outside/backside of the coop.

Our little flock enjoys pasture grass, organic chicken feed, and especially the daily gleanings from the FarmDaddy garden. 

Heading out to the pasture for the first time.

Heading out to the pasture for the first time.

Here is a picture of the inside of the coop just prior to introducing the first of our flock.

Here is a picture of the inside of the coop just prior to introducing the first of our flock.

Here is a shot of the automated chicken nipple watering system.

Here is a shot of the automated chicken nipple watering system.

Checking out the nest boxes by our experts!

Checking out the nest boxes by our experts!

Coop design plans are available for those who are interested.  Contact us at 407-310-8270 for more details.

FarmDaddy for Seniors at Health Central Park

PLANTING DAY

PLANTING DAY

7  WEEKS LATER

7  WEEKS LATER

Another great day setting up a garden in the courtyard of Health Central Park in Winter Garden. FarmDaddy donated 6 boxes for the seniors at this facility. The containers were elevated for ease of reach for planting and harvesting. A special thank you to Judy Skilton, Director of Recreational Therapy & Volunteer services and Mike Buie for their help and assistance in making the day a success! 

Goldsboro Community Garden Initiative

FarmDaddy Goldsboro Community Garden

FarmDaddy teams up with the Sanford Department of Health to distribute 100 self watering garden containers to the Goldsboro residents of Seminole County. The event took place at the Boys & Girls Club located in the heart of Sanford. Much excitement surrounded the day, bringing together both novice and master gardeners. Five months later, the DOH held the Goldsboro Senior Group Health Food Demo. The residents brought dishes that contained the produce they had grown in their FarmDaddy containers.  

Randy was asked to be a tasting judge for the best recipe contest. It was a difficult job but someone had to do it! The collard dishes were out of this world! 

Thank you Goldsboro Senior Group for including us in your garden celebration!

New Student Garden at UCP of Central Florida

FarmDaddy UCP Kids 1

This past October, I had the privilege of working with Rick Stanley and his students at United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) of Central Florida. The kids  worked diligently setting up and  planting 18 FarmDaddy garden containers at their Curry Ford Campus.

It was quite impressive to see how well the the students worked together to complete their goal. The smiles on their faces were priceless. They did an AWESOME job and we are very proud of them! The students  plan to sell the food they grow to raise money for an upcoming  school dance. 

The highlight of my day was when one little girl looked up at me from her wheelchair and said, "This is the best day of my life!" to which I replied, "Mine too."

FarmDaddy UCP Kids 2
FarmDaddy UCP kids 3

Welcome to Our New Website!

FarmDaddy New Website

Our new website for FarmDaddy.com has a fresh vibrant look. It is both easy to navigate and informative for all your gardening needs.

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