New to BYC and to chickens.

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by tbaggerr, Apr 16, 2016.

  1. tbaggerr

    tbaggerr Hatching

    Apr 16, 2016
    Carbonado Washington
    I just bought my first house in the foothills of Mount Rainier and me and the missus are planning a small permaculture garden with a small flock of chickens to help with the weeding, fertilizer, tilling, and bug control. Fresh eggs will also be amazing! We are planning on doing research, planning, and building the coop/garden beds over the course of the year and get our flock and start planting early next year. I might jump the gun as I am super excited to get it all started but we want to go into it with the knowledge and resources to do it right. So I'll be creeping around reading and learning as much as I can until we feel confident in moving forward.

  2. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    Welcome to BYC [​IMG] Your plans sound great! Member @Amiga here is into permaculture gardening (and ducks! [​IMG]), I'm sure she'd be happy to point you in the right direction. Enjoy the site!
  3. N F C

    N F C phooey! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013

    If you haven't already, check out the Learning Center. There are a lot of helpful articles there on all sorts of poultry topics.

    Thanks for joining us!
  4. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners

    Jan 3, 2010
    Southern New England
    Well, hello!

    When I was a child, we could see Mount Rainier through our picture window, on the clear days in Seattle.

    There are loads of good information here on BYC - not all of it compatible with Permaculture Principles, but most of the people I have encountered in the last nearly six (could it be almost six already?) years here are dedicated learners - and so, they are good teachers.

    From what I have read, chickens are an excellent first choice for starting in on Permaculture. Once you are sure you can protect them from predators and various other kinds of trouble, you may in fact want to get them on board pretty early in the development of your place, because of all the labor they will supply. You already know the details, I suspect, but for those unfamiliar with Permaculture design, I'll list the first few to pop into my head.

    Tractoring - preparing soil for planting
    Pest control
    Acceleration of the composting process
    Joy and beauty and amusement and amazement
    Oh, yes, and eggs. Meat, too, if they don't become pets.

  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
  6. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockwit Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC.

    You may wish to consider joining your state thread as it will put you in touch with other BYC members in your area - just type the name of your state in the search box.

    All the best
  7. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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

  8. Spookwriter

    Spookwriter Crowing

    Feb 23, 2010
    You couldn't of bought a house in a prettier spot.
    Mount Rainier is certainly breathtaking. Beautiful

    I read your post, and I don't know about those chickens
    out in Washington, but my chickens here in Ohio aren't
    much good at tilling the garden.

    Too hard to find little tractors...

    Seriously, glad you joined. Take your time and read the
    thread that interest you, ask the questions you need. We'll
    do the best we can to get them answered.

    Meanwhile, enjoy that new house.


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