Not sure how long it took to get caught up--I kept seeing this thread, and thinking it was too long to read everything (and I couldn't just not read everything), so I kept passing it by... So of course, it was even longer when I finally did jump in after @scflock mentioned it over on the "She said/He said" thread I did a page or two here and there, until the last week or so, when I started archive bingeing... 'Twas very tempting to post when I got to the photos of the road trip to Washington, but didn't want to play find-the-place every time I got back online after that!
Anyway, quick intro... I'm in California too, barely--Crescent City, on the coast, just 19 miles from Oregon. So, assuming you stayed on 101 the whole way, you went through here. If you take the kids to see coastal redwoods, and make it to the northernmost part of the range again, let me know (When I was working fast food, I had to bite my tongue every time a tourist asked where the redwoods were--there is literally no way to drive here without seeing redwoods--if someone had driven from down south, they'd been driving through them for hours... Even from both northern routes, you see them for a bit, though I will admit that it's only about 10 minutes worth coming from Brookings) I've got 8 hens (2 red sex links, GLW, WLW, EE, a mutt with gamebird in her that's my broody (I've found that, while she's a good mama, and does well with local eggs, she doesn't do well with shipped eggs), a Russian Orloff, and a White Leghorn. I also have 4 EE chicks from the feedstore that I grafted onto the broody after the latest experiment with shipped eggs, but I haven't decided yet if we'll be keeping them or selling them. I'm married, and we have 2 daughters, 12 and 6. We also have a boxer who gets along great with the chickens--she steals anything I toss to them, even if it's something she won't otherwise touch, and she's let them eat her dogfood from her bowl We've only got about 0.17 acres, so no roosters, guineas, or "quacking ducks" (technically, we can have them if one of the girls were to join 4H, FFA, or Grange and register them, but I think we're already "those neighbors"). I'd love to get muscovies, but we'd have to do some serious rearranging. I'm also seriously considering quail, and have put in a bid for an Incukit for Christmas/my birthday (3 days after).
Now to set out pillows for all the folks that know me from "She said/He said" for when they faint because I actually said more than 2 words
Edited by AmyPaperlady - 8/20/15 at 2:31pm