Hello from the dry side of WA!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by antirice, Mar 29, 2017.

  1. antirice

    antirice Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 29, 2017
    Hi all -

    The wife and I have been wanting backyard chickens for some time now and have finally decided to pull the trigger this season! In looking through the various breeds and their requirements I stumbled across the idea of having ducks instead. Though messy, they seem like really hardy creatures and are kinda weird/cute too. Plus, we recently discovered that I'm allergic to chicken eggs but not duck eggs, so we're leaning heavily that direction.

    Still, I've got homework to do before making a final decision. Google keeps bringing me here so I figured it was time to start an account. There's so much information to be found!

    I'm sure I'll have questions, so thanks in advance for your patience.

    - Chris
  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Hello from Kansas, Chris, and [​IMG]! Pleased you joined our community and are taking a foray into the world of chickens! BYC will set you up with the knowledge you need to make your enterprise a success! First step I'd recommend would be reading some of the informative articles in the Learning Center here: https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center
    Also, if you want to chat with some "local" poultry folks, find the WA thread in this link and introduce yourself:
    Best wishes on your venture - feel free to ask any questions you might have - and thanks for joining BYC!! [​IMG]
  3. 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]

    Did you know that people allergic to chicken eggs can also eat quail eggs?! Quail eggs are LOADED with all kinds of good things and can be better for you than chicken eggs. They are tiny, but just as tasty. I keep quail, although since I keep chickens and can eat chicken eggs, I don't eat quail eggs much. But lots of members here do!

    Good luck with your decisions and enjoy BYC! :)
  4. N F C

    N F C doo be doo be doo Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013

    I vote for ducks, chickens and quail!

    My name is Debby and I'm an enabler.
  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    " dry side of WA!" Are you kidding me? I thought Washington just has rain and rain and rain. I know someone in Bellevue and they said it rains a lot but mostly drizzle. Thunderstorms are rare.

    They had also lived in Sammamish and Redmond - same thing. Hope it is wet enough for ducks. BYC also has "Duck threads," where you can ask them for duck info. Just put that in the search box above and it will pop up. BTW [​IMG]
  6. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    G’Day from down under antirice [​IMG] Welcome!

    As you have already received links to some great starting points, I will just wish you all the best.

    I hope you enjoy being a BYC member. There are lots of friendly and very helpful folks here so not only is it overflowing with useful information it is also a great place to make friends and have some fun.

    If you would like to share pictures and stories of your flock, you have come to the right place. BYC’ers never tire of these and do not back away slowly or commence eye rolling when the photo album or home videos come out [​IMG]
  7. antirice

    antirice Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 29, 2017
    As surprising as it is to most people who aren't from around here yes, Washington has a dry side. The south-eastern 1/4 of the state is technically a desert. Mountains on three sides of us keep most of the precipitation away!
  8. antirice

    antirice Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 29, 2017
    And thanks to everyone for the warm welcome! It's looking like we're gonna go with ducks instead of chickens. Now to design a coop & run that will keep the mess to a minimum!

    - Chris

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