1. Come check out hundreds of awesome coop pages (and a few that need suggestions) in our 2018 Coop Rating Project!

Hail from the great green northwest!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Momageddon, Nov 12, 2014.

  1. Momageddon

    Momageddon Hatching

    Nov 12, 2014
    Marysville, WA
    Hey all, Momageddon from just north of Seattle here. I'm getting ready to start my very first flock this coming spring, so I wanted to get hooked up with a community of chicken lovers to make sure I'll do right by my girls!

    I'm developing my plan for a 1/4 acre, fenced suburban back yard... With 2 dogs who are bone heads. :/ I'm probably not going to be able to free range, but I'm looking at chicken tractor plans so they'll be able to get the most out of the yard. City limits allow up to six hens and no roosters, so egg laying ladies are the plan (plus, my two year old daughter is so sweet and kind-hearted to animals that I couldn't do meat chickens. I just couldn't).

    Currently looking at Austrolorps and Rhodies, planning to start with pullets. Phew! Enough about me... Looking forward to meeting you!

  2. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Crowing

    May 14, 2014
    Welcome to BYC! Glad you decided to join our flock. I've raised both Australorps and RIRs over the years (still have Australorps) and they are both very hardy and excellent layers (Australorps are especially exceptional; an Australorp holds the brown egg laying record with 364 eggs in 365 days). Australorps are also very calm and gentle (my children, and now my granddaughter, made lap pets of them), and will likely be beneath the RIRs (which are sometimes aggressive) in the pecking order, so I would suggest that you have plenty of room in your coop/run for your hens. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Good luck in getting those eggs.
  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
  4. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member Project Manager

    Jan 10, 2013
    [​IMG] Glad you joined us.
  5. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    Sounds like a plan! Definitely keep the dogs at bay. The two seldom mix without a sad ending. You have picked some nice breeds to go with.

    Make yourself at home here and if you have any questions along the way, feel free to ask. Welcome to our flock!
  6. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!
  7. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

    Apr 23, 2014
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

  8. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    [​IMG] Glad you joined us!

    Feel free to ask lots of questions! We're all here to help. [​IMG]
  9. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    Welcome to BYC![​IMG] We're glad to have you. If you have any questions, feel free to ask!
  10. Momageddon

    Momageddon Hatching

    Nov 12, 2014
    Marysville, WA
    Thanks, y'all! I am leaning towards austrolorps because of my daughter, but RIRs because my friend who lives nearby has some, and her two kids play with them a lot (let's just say, I have never in my life seen a chicken dressed as Elsa from Frozen before meeting her, or a chicken go down a toddler slide in a Tonka truck, either...). I would probably have a single species for my first flock, just for simplicity's sake.

    I'm really happy to have found this community; the sheer volume of chicken information out there is a little overwhelming at first! I will have many questions... But right now I am going to go read the pre-existing information on the site. :)

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by