Hello! :)

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by sophistre, Sep 17, 2012.

  1. I'm really new to the prospect of keeping chickens. I'm so new to the idea that I'm not even moved into the home where I'll have the ability to do that, yet! Right now I'm still living in Cambridge, MA, where I've been for the last 10 years...but TODAY I go to closing on a home on Bainbridge Island, and I'll finally get moved in come November. I'm toooooooo excited for words, and I have so much to learn.

    I've been reading up a storm about gardening, particularly gardening in the PNW, and over the course of my research became more than a little bit interested in adding chickens to my life, since I'll have some acreage. These boards have been really great -- I love to be well-armed with information before I jump into something (even if I know there'll inevitably be unforeseen surprises later), and BYC has been a fantastic resource.

    I'm sure lots of questions from me will start popping up all over the place soon enough!

    I'd like to start with one just on this thread, though, since it might be sort of specific to the region. Covering the run seems pretty critical with the weather...but because the rain in the PNW is that drawn-out, drizzling mist, how dry will the run stay, even with a roof over it, if the enclosure is tall enough for me to walk around inside of? Will the ambient humidity make things damp anyway?

    Thanks for any advice! I'm looking forward to learning all that I can. [​IMG]
     
  2. mickey328

    mickey328 Chillin' With My Peeps

    1,380
    81
    168
    May 4, 2012
    Northern Colorado
    Hello and welcome! Glad to have you aboard.

    You have the opposite problem we do...it's very arid with little rain here ;) If your run is covered it should provide a place they can wander about doing chicken things without getting rained on...make it wide enough so that they can hang in the middle for those times when it rains sideways. I'd recommend sand in the bottom of the run. It'll provide good drainage, prevent a muddy mess, and still give them good "scratchability" Make sure the run isn't in a low spot where the water will run into it, and scoop regularly so the smell doesn't get ghastly...wet poop is really smelly! LOL
     
    1 person likes this.
  3. Red Barn Farms

    Red Barn Farms ~Friendly Fowl~

    3,157
    119
    228
    Apr 12, 2012
    Kentucky Heartland
    Hello, Welcome to BYC! Congratulations on your new home. I'd suggest adding a sand layer to the run area. That would greatly reduce water problems and allow drainage.

    [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Sep 17, 2012
  4. ghillie

    ghillie Hen Pecked

    Nov 13, 2008
    Colorado Springs, Co
    [​IMG]
     
  5. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    25,645
    1,834
    463
    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings from Kansas, sophistre, and [​IMG]! Great to have you here! Best of luck on your new home and new lifestyle!
     
  6. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    36,056
    7,609
    646
    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    Hello and welcome to BYC [​IMG] I agree with the above posters. Sand and a wide run. Enjoy your new house!
     
  7. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

    18,822
    1,197
    396
    Mar 26, 2011
    Upper Peninsula Michigan
    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan [​IMG]

    You might also check in on your state thread, under Where am I - Where are you in the Forum, to see what others have done in your area.
     
  8. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    43,515
    465
    486
    Dec 22, 2009
    [​IMG] Good luck with your new home!
     
  9. jbirds2012

    jbirds2012 Chillin' With My Peeps

    3,724
    24
    171
    Aug 14, 2012
    paicines, ca.
    [​IMG]
     
  10. aaabirdman

    aaabirdman Chillin' With My Peeps

    2,493
    12
    161
    May 1, 2012
    NY
    Welcome to BYC[​IMG]
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by