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Greetings from Kitsap County, WA

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by JohnKitsap, Oct 14, 2012.

  1. JohnKitsap

    JohnKitsap Hatching

    Hello all,

    I have been reading BYC for a while now and finally decided to join. My wife and I moved to the Seattle area 7 1/2 years ago from New Hampshire, where we lived and raised our family over 25 years. During that time, we raised backyard chickens and turkeys but we had to wind everything down when we decided to move.

    We finally put down stakes and bought a house nearly a year ago. In June we bought our chicks and have been raising them in a 12x16 coop that we built. The 20x24 outside run is almost completely fortified. We did not initially make it predator-proof so it could only be used during daylight hours. Fortunately, we have not lost any of the birds.

    I'll tell you, this coop and run has cost us a small fortune, but what we get back from the birds is worth much more than that. When everything is done, I will post pictures to the coop section.

    We originally bought 12 chicks:

    3 Ameraucaunas
    3 New Hampshire Reds
    2 Brown Leghorns
    2 Australorps
    2 Barred Rocks

    Of the 12, one of the Australorps turned out to be a cockerel. I was afraid that it was an automatic death sentence, but my wife suggested that we wait to see if any of the neighbors complain. We have 2 1/2 acres with 9 neighbors around us, and so far 3 of them know about the rooster and have not complained. Two of them like hearing him! I suppose that we'll wait and see. We are expecting our first eggs in the next few weeks.

    We also bought 12 poults:
    4 Broad Breasted Bronze (from the feed store)
    4 Bourbon Reds (from a local breeder)
    4 Midget Whites (from a local breeder)

    One of the BBB's had a problem with his legs that he couldn't recover from, so I had to address that. The remaining 3 BBB's will make their appearance on nicely adorned holiday dinner tables over the next few months.

    I hope to connect up with some other members who might be in the area. I have enjoyed reading in the forum and am looking forward to contributing to the conversation.

    Last edited: Oct 14, 2012

  2. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    Hello and welcome to BYC [​IMG] Glad you joined us!
  3. Big A Chickens

    Big A Chickens Songster

    Jun 29, 2012
    Palmetto, Georgia
    Hi and :welcome So glad you joined us!!!:weee
  4. jbirds2012

    jbirds2012 Songster

    Aug 14, 2012
    paicines, ca.
  5. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Crowing Premium Member

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  6. weimarmama

    weimarmama Crowing

    Jun 4, 2010
    My Coop
    :frow & :welcome from Alabama. Glad you joined us.
  7. aaabirdman

    aaabirdman Songster

    May 1, 2012
    Welcome to BYC

  8. redsoxs

    redsoxs Crowing

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings from Kansas, JohnKitsap, and [​IMG]! Happy you joined us! Wow!! You got a yard full o'poultry! I'm jealous! Best of luck to you!
  9. Red Barn Farms

    Red Barn Farms ~Friendly Fowl~

    Apr 12, 2012
    Kentucky Heartland
    Hello and welcome to BYC from Kentucky!


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