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New from Washington State

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by NanaTJ, Oct 23, 2012.

  1. NanaTJ

    NanaTJ New Egg

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    Hi all,

    We purchased a house in July this year near Yacolt, WA and inherited five hens and a rooster with the property. I had never had chickens before so have been learning as I go. So far I think I'm doing OK. None seem ill and they're producing 4-8 eggs a day. A couple of the hens will eat out of my hand. The rooster keeps his distance. :)

    That said, I'm a little overwhelmed with what all I feel I still need to do to ~properly~ care for these chickens. Their pen needs work, cleaning the coop is a pain, keeping their water clean seems impossible, etc. I'm up for the tasks, just a little overwhelmed. I am hoping to learn a lot more on these forums.

    Thanks for your time (and all the valuable information!)

    ~TJ
     
  2. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    [​IMG] I'm sure they will love to have you in the Washington thread in the "Where am I? Where are you!" section.
     
  3. weimarmama

    weimarmama Overrun With Chickens

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    :frow & :welcome from Alabama. Glad you joined us.
     
  4. Red Barn Farms

    Red Barn Farms ~Friendly Fowl~

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    Hi TJ, welcome to BYC from Kentucky!


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  5. NanaTJ

    NanaTJ New Egg

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    Thanks :)
     
  6. liz9910

    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] from California! Regarding keeping water clean, I would invest in a hanging water container, much easier to keep clean. Is the floor of your coop run dirt? I recently put sand down and it seems much easier to keep clean.
     
  7. NanaTJ

    NanaTJ New Egg

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    The floor is wooden and it's filthy all the time no matter how much I clean it. Sand may be a good idea if it's OK to lay down on the wooden floor?
     
  8. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

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    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan :)

    You might look into the Deep Bedding method, it works great and is easy to do
     
  9. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Greetings from Kansas, NanaTJ, and [​IMG]! Happy you joined our flock! I had an aunt years ago that lived near Yacolt - beautiful area...I'm jealous! Best of luck with your hens and chicken chores!
     
  10. NanaTJ

    NanaTJ New Egg

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    Thank you. Yes it's gorgeous out here. I am loving it and feel very fortunate that we found this place. It took several years to find it, and a lot of heartache along the way. (Long story probably for another forum entirely since it involves many housing market woes...) :)

    I'm interested in the deep bedding method (no idea what that is of course), and will look for a hanging water container. Thanks so much for the ideas!

    ~TJ
     

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