Welcome to my Back Yard Chickens page!
I am quite new to raising chickens domestically and am dragging my reluctant husband along behind me...I tell the story to my friends that it took a year of him saying "hell, no" every time I mentioned chickens for him to finally just roll his eyes and then - he was in! And here we are! (By the way - he "tucks them in" every night and talks to them like little people, so I'm fairly certain he's smitten as much as I am.) I got 3 red sex-linked hens from Country Farm and Feed in Enumclaw and brought them home to their brooder. I'm hoping to get some ducks soon because they just fascinate me - and perhaps in the future - pygmy goats.
But until then, I will have to enjoy my ladies - who keep me busy and are good entertainment. Hopefully they will start laying by July, and it will start a whole new chapter!
We have a pretty busy 1/4 acre - a full vegetable garden with herbs and berries, several bins for vermi-composting, the chickens, the cats, the pugs - we are making good use of a big backyard.
Here is a pic of our 2 year old Pug, Gus, sniffing out the new chicks...
And our 9 year old Emmylou just looking because she's too short to see over the rim of the brooder...
I decided to convert on old shed in my backyard into their coop - to reduce the impact on the yard in case we decide to sell our house in the near future, and also because an unused shed becomes a magnet for all the "stuff" that has no other place to go (you know - drywall, old shelves, old paint, sponges...).
I ended up making nesting boxes out of old cantaloupe boxes I picked up at the antique store:
Here are the Ladies - Velva, Eunice, and Beverly ~ One of their maiden voyages outside the new coop. These are Happy Girls!!
Thanks for looking!