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Hi!  My wife and I and three other folks are homesteading on about 5 acres on the Kitsap Peninsula in western Washington.  We've only been here since June, however our first chicken flock has been established.  We picked up a dozen chicks on the day they arrived at a local farm store.  I chose a mix of 6 breeds selected for varied egg color and foraging reputation.  One chick didn't make it through 3 days, but the rest are thriving and really fun to get to know.

 

We re-purposed a beautiful 1977 VW bus that had been my business vehicle (dogmobile--I'm a dog trainer) as our chick brooder.

These chickens will lay eggs for us and work the soil in chicken tractors.  They will be treated as valued working partners and will not be slaughtered for meat.  Besides, they are becoming pets; I spent a lot of time letting them get used to me while in the brooder and once they moved into their coop that I could walk into, some of them started landing on my head, shoulders and arms. They all have eaten from my hand from week two. 

Our first chicken tractor is an A-frame model taken from Harvey Ussery's "Small-Scale Poultry Flock," which is an outstanding primary reference for starting a flock.  These photos are pre-roof.

Here are a couple photos from week three.  Can anyone name the 6 breeds from the photos?

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HI! :frow Welcome! What a great story and wonderful pictures! Awesome vintage brooder! Looks liks a great safe warm setup. I hope you have a look at all the different forums here. Best of luck to you!

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Hello frow.gif and welcome to BYC!
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Hello and welcome neighbor from Snohomish! May your flock be healthy, happy, and bring you great joy. :welcome

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I think you have a couple Barred rocks - just guessing  it really is to early to do much more than that.  If you wait another  3 weeks or so  you can post at "what breed or gender is this," and should get  good answers.   Welcome to BYC.

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Welcome! I'm a neighbor over in Whatcom County! We have a Washingtonians thread here too. http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/717207/washingtonians-come-together-washington-peeps
Your chicks are adorable of course! Looks like a couple of Australorps and a Rhode Island
Red in your mix. The rest I don't know yet.

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Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)

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I set fire to the rain! Watch it pour as I, touched your face. Well it burn while I cried, because I heard it screaming out your name. And I threw us into flames. I knew that was the last time, the last time...I set fire to the rain! -Adele

 

Look at my flock page! http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/bantamfan4lifes-flock

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Welcome to the BYC flock!  We are glad you joined us!

 

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