First time chicken parents from Seattle, WA

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by timandisa, Aug 6, 2011.

  1. timandisa

    timandisa New Egg

    Aug 6, 2011
    Hi BackYardChickens Forum members,

    What a great resource! This forum is consistently the first few results on google when typing in a question about a chicken. Seriously, what topic hasn't been covered yet.

    My wife talked me into getting chickens, and I couldn't be happier that she did. We are the proud parents of 3 Silkies, 2 black and 1 blue (Oprah, Gail, and Chow), and 2 Buff Orpingtons (Nellie and Camilla). Along with our 3 kids (7, 4 and 2 years old) and our 2 Whippets (Spanky and Taz), we are one busy, happy, little urban farm.

    The Silkies are about 5 1/2 months old and the Orpingtons are about 3 weeks younger than that. We got them all as chicks (in 2 stages so the Orpingtons wouldn't crush the Silkies). The Silkies weren't sexed when we got them. The Orpingtons were sexed and are supposed to both be hens (we have our doubts about Nellie, but that will be for another post).

    We re-fashioned an old dog house for the hen house and built a pretty good long run in an unused part of our backyard. We built an automatic waterer, using a 5 gallon bucket, PVC pipe, and poultry nipples, which has been so nice. And we actually can just put the feeder under a corner of the dog house, which is up on cinder blocks. This is really convenient because I can tuck it in a corner with the cinder blocks so the chickens don't really have a chance to push it around and knock it over or poop in it. Built a little hinged door in between those two cinder blocks for easy access.

    This has been such a fun time getting to know our chickens. They get some free time in the backyard when we're out back with the kids and dogs, and everyone gets along really well. Our dogs are super mellow and usually just keep their distance. We've had a couple of ruffled feathers moments, but nothing too dramatic.

    Next stop......goats. Well, maybe in a year or two.


    tim and isa
  2. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle


    Congrats on the chickens

  3. BarbG

    BarbG Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 29, 2011
    Welcome to BYC - cute coop!
  4. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    [​IMG] from Kansas! Glad you joined the chicken universe. [​IMG] I like your set up. Not sure if you have predators in your area but I saw you had chicken wire around the bottom of your run. If you surf on BYC long enough you'll find that people will advise you to go with 1/2" hardware cloth as a determined racoon can defeat your chicken wire, reach through and kill what it can and then gnaw what it can reach. I would hate to wake up to that! Best of luck in your chicken endeavors! [​IMG]
  5. kidcody

    kidcody Overrun With Chickens

    [​IMG] [​IMG] neighbor, I live in monroe [​IMG] glad you joined [​IMG] [​IMG]
  6. NonnasBabies

    NonnasBabies Muddy Acre Farms Premium Member

    Sep 20, 2009
    On the Farm!
    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Louisiana!
  7. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Welcome to BYC.
  8. Nicole01

    Nicole01 Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 28, 2011
    [​IMG] Hello and welcome to BYC! Thank you for sharing pictures. Your coop is awesome and your chickens are really cute. I love the black and the other color silkies.[​IMG]
  9. bogwitch

    bogwitch Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 2, 2011
    South Central Wisconsin
    New here, myself. I like the paint job on your coop [​IMG] I am sure my children will have ours similarly decorated!
  10. Mt. Baker Quail

    Mt. Baker Quail Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 2, 2010
    Ferndale, Washington
    [​IMG] from Ferndale, Washington. [​IMG]

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