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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by dogkahuna, Oct 11, 2015.

  1. dogkahuna

    dogkahuna Songster

    Oct 11, 2015
    Southworth, WA
    Hi! My wife and I and three other folks are homesteading on about 5 acres on the Kitsap Peninsula in western Washington. We've only been here since June, however our first chicken flock has been established. We picked up a dozen chicks on the day they arrived at a local farm store. I chose a mix of 6 breeds selected for varied egg color and foraging reputation. One chick didn't make it through 3 days, but the rest are thriving and really fun to get to know.

    We re-purposed a beautiful 1977 VW bus that had been my business vehicle (dogmobile--I'm a dog trainer) as our chick brooder.[​IMG]
    These chickens will lay eggs for us and work the soil in chicken tractors. They will be treated as valued working partners and will not be slaughtered for meat. Besides, they are becoming pets; I spent a lot of time letting them get used to me while in the brooder and once they moved into their coop that I could walk into, some of them started landing on my head, shoulders and arms. They all have eaten from my hand from week two.
    Our first chicken tractor is an A-frame model taken from Harvey Ussery's "Small-Scale Poultry Flock," which is an outstanding primary reference for starting a flock. These photos are pre-roof.
    Here are a couple photos from week three. Can anyone name the 6 breeds from the photos?

  2. HI! [​IMG] Welcome! What a great story and wonderful pictures! Awesome vintage brooder! Looks liks a great safe warm setup. I hope you have a look at all the different forums here. Best of luck to you!
  3. Peep-Chicken

    Peep-Chicken Crowing

    Jun 10, 2013
    My Coop
    Hello :frow and welcome to BYC!
  4. Ibicella

    Ibicella Songster

    Nov 13, 2009
    Everett, WA
    Hello and welcome neighbor from Snohomish! May your flock be healthy, happy, and bring you great joy. [​IMG]
  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    I think you have a couple Barred rocks - just guessing it really is to early to do much more than that. If you wait another 3 weeks or so you can post at "what breed or gender is this," and should get good answers. Welcome to BYC.
  6. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)

  7. trailrider330

    trailrider330 Songster

    Aug 4, 2013
    Midwest America
    Welcome to the BYC flock! We are glad you joined us!


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