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I just bought my first house in the foothills of Mount Rainier and me and the missus are planning a small permaculture garden with a small flock of chickens to help with the weeding, fertilizer, tilling, and bug control. Fresh eggs will also be amazing! We are planning on doing research, planning, and building the coop/garden beds over the course of the year and get our flock and start planting early next year. I might jump the gun as I am super excited to get it all started but we want to go into it with the knowledge and resources to do it right. So I'll be creeping around reading and learning as much as I can until we feel confident in moving forward.
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Welcome to BYC :frow Your plans sound great! Member @Amiga here is into permaculture gardening (and ducks! ;)), I'm sure she'd be happy to point you in the right direction. Enjoy the site!

 

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:welcome

 

If you haven't already, check out the Learning Center. There are a lot of helpful articles there on all sorts of poultry topics.

 

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I just bought my first house in the foothills of Mount Rainier and me and the missus are planning a small permaculture garden with a small flock of chickens to help with the weeding, fertilizer, tilling, and bug control. Fresh eggs will also be amazing! We are planning on doing research, planning, and building the coop/garden beds over the course of the year and get our flock and start planting early next year. I might jump the gun as I am super excited to get it all started but we want to go into it with the knowledge and resources to do it right. So I'll be creeping around reading and learning as much as I can until we feel confident in moving forward.


Well, hello!

 

When I was a child, we could see Mount Rainier through our picture window, on the clear days in Seattle.

 

There are loads of good information here on BYC - not all of it compatible with Permaculture Principles, but most of the people I have encountered in the last nearly six (could it be almost six already?) years here are dedicated learners - and so, they are good teachers.

 

From what I have read, chickens are an excellent first choice for starting in on Permaculture.  Once you are sure you can protect them from predators and various other kinds of trouble, you may in fact want to get them on board pretty early in the development of your place, because of all the labor they will supply.  You already know the details, I suspect, but for those unfamiliar with Permaculture design, I'll list the first few to pop into my head.

 

Tractoring - preparing soil for planting

Pest control

Fertilizer

Acceleration of the composting process

Joy and beauty and amusement and amazement

Oh, yes, and eggs.  Meat, too, if they don't become pets.

Please PM me, or use @Amiga in the message if you would like to hear from me soon.  

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Hi and welcome to BYC.

 

You may wish to consider joining your state thread  as it will put you in touch with other BYC members in your area - just type the name of your state in the search box.
 
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Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)

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

 

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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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post #8 of 8

You couldn't of bought a house in a prettier spot.

Mount Rainier is certainly breathtaking. Beautiful

area.

 

I read your post, and I don't know about those chickens

out in Washington, but my chickens here in Ohio aren't

much good at tilling the garden.

 

Too hard to find little tractors...

 

Seriously, glad you joined. Take your time and read the

thread that interest you, ask the questions you need. We'll

do the best we can to get them answered.

 

Meanwhile, enjoy that new house.

 

 

Spook

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