Coops, chicks, kids

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Frithest, Aug 30, 2011.

  1. Frithest

    Frithest Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi All,
    I just joined the list a week or so ago. We have eight fantastic, rambunctious, as-yet unsexed chicks in a big box in our kitchen. They're getting lots of handling and treats and outside time every day, and are 3 and 4 weeks old today. I spent a couple of hours tonight with my eight year old son working on bits of the coop-to-be, ripping old screening out of doors and installing hardware cloth. It was a ton of fun to share this with him and he's reached an age where his help can make it possible to do things that I couldn't do alone. We got chicks as opposed to laying hens because I knew he would adore them, and he is a great chick handler. He talks to them, hopes that they're female, is resisting naming the potential roos because he doesn't want to get attached. We live in Seattle and love it here, have a big garden with many edibles and natives, lots of friends in the neighborhood who have chickens, and a community that is really supportive of chickens, goats, gardens, sustainable living etc. My pet cat of many years died last year and our pet fish just weren't ... cuddly enough, so I'm thrilled to get our family behind the chicken idea and really glad we started with chicks. I can't wait to look out the living room window and see them strutting and goofing around in the back yard, and I eat a lot of eggs, so I'm hopeful we'll end up with enough layers to get a couple of eggs a day.
    We have 2 each of Barnevelder (BamBam and Trio), Blue Laced Red Wyandotte (Dotty and 'Coscious - short for precocious), Welsummer (Pippin and ?) and Wheaten Marans (Feathers and Nuggles - short for Snuggles). I'm crossing my fingers that at least one of each will be a girl, but we are resigned to possibly even five roos. I'll post coop photos and chick pictures in the relevant places once I'm allowed to post pictures.
    Thanks all! I've learned a ton here already and am looking forward to learning more.
    Frithest:D
     
  2. bockbock2008

    bockbock2008 Why do they call me crazy??

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    [​IMG] from Indiana!!

    The coop section here has many great ideas to help you through your coop building [​IMG]
     
  3. kidcody

    kidcody Overrun With Chickens

    [​IMG] [​IMG] from WA. glad you joined us [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  4. ghillie

    ghillie Hen Pecked

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  5. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Howdy, Frithest and [​IMG]. [​IMG] I think it's neat involving kids with chickens so kudos! [​IMG] Those are also some fine looking breeds you've selected! Best of luck that they turn out to be girls! [​IMG]
     
  6. Amigo

    Amigo Chillin' With My Peeps

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  7. Symphony

    Symphony Vanilla, Little Airt Airt

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  8. LauraB

    LauraB Out Of The Brooder

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  9. greymane

    greymane Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] from the Finger Lakes of New York! That is great that your son is involved. We are so glad to have you here. We may be a little crazy, but it is a good kind of crazy. [​IMG]
     
  10. pengimama

    pengimama Out Of The Brooder

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    [​IMG] from Central Ohio! I am sure you will find a ton of useful information and wonderful people here! Good luck chosing your coop!
     

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