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New Fowl Farmer from Shelton, Washington

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Teva, Mar 26, 2012.

  1. Teva

    Teva Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi, well we got rid of our pit bull back in January and I decided that I wanted chickens. So a friend gave me her small coop (4x4 I think) and I built my own pen.....well, it is with 6 foot T poles and welded wire, but I didn't put a netting over it. I leave it open anyway for the mamas to free range. They end up in the coop at night anyway and I "tuck" them in.

    I started with two grown black star hens that someone was giving away (they were being picked on) and I've been introducing new 5 week old chicks to them every week or so. I have two barred rocks, two buff orps (one is a cock, tho, pretty sure), and next week an Americauna (which I think is a boy, he looks at me with his head cocked just like the buff orpington does!) and a polish crested will join them. Last week I picked up three leghorns and six more americauna chicks. This is plenty for me, they are so cute though!

    I've had the black stars for three weeks and I finally got eggs! Just a neat thing to see in a nest every day. The kids are loving it too.

    It's addicting! I keep looking up Craigslist for free birds.....

    I used to live in Germany next to a farm that had two peafowl. I LOVED THEM. So I decided I wanted some peacocks too. I wish I had found this forum before I picked up my peafowl! I will be spending most of my time there :)

    My husband and I are both retired military. Our kids are 5 and 9, and we have three cats - and now LOTS of birds. 8 acres out in the woods with a seasonal pond. And now, with the peacocks (which are named Will and Kate) it feels like we live on a park! Just heard a mating call this morning - I missed that sound!
     
  2. thomaschickens

    thomaschickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome to BYC Teva! We have a pit bull and he is a riot with the chickens! I think half the time he has a herding gene in him because when they get too far from their coop he will round them back up lol. He's even given a few of them baths [​IMG]At first I thought he was going to have a snack, but after he cleans them he releases them no worse for the wear!
     
  3. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

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    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan [​IMG]
     
  4. greymane

    greymane Chillin' With My Peeps

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  5. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

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    Welcome to BYC.
     
  6. weimarmama

    weimarmama Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Alabama. Glad you joined us. Congrats on adding peafowl [​IMG] Our peacocks have started making a lot of noise this month & gosh, I love hearing their call now [​IMG]
     
  7. kidcody

    kidcody Overrun With Chickens

    [​IMG] [​IMG] from another in Washington state glad you joined us!
     
  8. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Overrun With Chickens

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    Hi and :welcome from Ohio. So glad you joined. :thumbsup
     
  9. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    [​IMG] from a neighbor in Renton

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  10. Barred Babies

    Barred Babies Red Roof Farms

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