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  1. angelavl

    Washingtonians

    And so the war begins... Thanks for your help. G'night!
  2. angelavl

    Washingtonians

    yes, it's the little tractor in my profile pic. I just went back outside and sure enough a new hole, from this evening! The chickens didn't seem to make a sound, so they must not feel threatened. I'm tempted to go back out and roll some chicken wire around the base right now. If it's a rat...
  3. angelavl

    Washingtonians

    Hi Washingtonians, I need to ask a question of all you Wa peeps. I either have a rat or a chipmunk getting into the bottom of my coop. I found a little hole dug under the wooden edge this morning. It is shallow and only about 3" in diameter. I think it's getting in to steal dropped feed in the...
  4. angelavl

    Do I need a bigger more permanent winter coop?

    Thanks. Yes, I was thinking I'd just recycle the tractor and use it as a hen house. We could easily replace the chicken wire if needed, but we haven't had much of a prob with predators. Biggest challenge is keeping our little nigerian dwarf goats from squeezing in to get a taste of chicken feed...
  5. angelavl

    Do I need a bigger more permanent winter coop?

    Yes, we found plans online and built it ourselves. Its very easy to clean - the roof comes off. At the very peak there is ventilation and also the way the doors rest on the sides there is ventilation. So, it didn't seem to get stuffy. (Though, we are in Western Washington - so high temps are...
  6. angelavl

    Do I need a bigger more permanent winter coop?

    Sorry, it's actually 4x 7.5 at the base. When they are upstairs (dusk to dawn) they all snuggle up together. When they are down stairs they spread out. I do worry b/c my feeder and water bucket take up some room. I let them out part of the day to run around in the yard and they are always eager...
  7. angelavl

    Do I need a bigger more permanent winter coop?

    Yes, that's my coop. It's about 4X6 on the bottom. They enjoy it and don't seem to crowded right now. But I can see them getting cramped over the winter.
  8. angelavl

    Do I need a bigger more permanent winter coop?

    If it helps, I'm considering making a "hoop house" or quonset style coop - using cattle panels, etc.
  9. angelavl

    Do I need a bigger more permanent winter coop?

    My husband's vote is no.... I have a nice little chicken tractor for our 4 hens (our first flock). Honestly, they seem pretty content, and just started laying. But, winter approaches - and it's rainy, probably snowy... but generally milder in the PNW than back east. Also, I'm tired of moving...
  10. angelavl

    Post your FIRST EGG pics!

    Finally!! Too bad one has a hole (looks suspiciously like a peck). 24 weeks. I suspect it was from my Buff Orpington.
  11. angelavl

    Help, what are we? Pic heavy!

    I love the tufts! Beautiful chicks. Just to make you feel better, it's been raining buckets in Washington, too! I guess that's why we have a town named "Kent" nearby. ;)
  12. angelavl

    Easter Egger take a guess

    Wish I could help you, I'm not good at this. I could see the roo b/c of the color change from neck to back. That makes sense. I think EE's are hard b/c they come in sooo many color combos. I can also see that your roo's legs look like tree trunks compared to my hens! I just can't wait to...
  13. angelavl

    Easter Egger take a guess

    Thanks! Yes, she seem to have a growth spurt pretty soon after we got them. Since then she has been significantly bigger. What caused me to wonder is how she seems to look out for the rest. They tend to take cues from her.
  14. angelavl

    Easter Egger take a guess

    Hi there, this one was sold as an Amercauna. But after reading around here, I'm sure it's an EE. Not so sure about the gender. She/he is quite friendly and gets along well with the others. In fact they were all curled up together this afternoon. Is that abnormal for chickens and a rooster? But...
  15. Clover's back

    Clover's back

  16. Clover at 9 weeks

    Clover at 9 weeks

  17. little chicks trying out the ark

    little chicks trying out the ark

  18. angelavl

    :( Ravens :(

    Funny you should mention Ravens today... this morning there were at least 2 perched outside in my yard making a big racket. I think they were scoping out my chicken ark. I let my pullets (9 weeks) out for about 15 mins yesterday while I was hanging out in the yard, and then shoo-ed them back...
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