Newly obsessed in SW Washington

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

  1. LinkieLueville

    LinkieLueville In the Brooder

    Sep 6, 2012
    Winlock Wa
    Hi there!

    I'm a 25 year old single mom who has ironically relocated to the "Home of the World's Largest Egg," in Winlock Wa. My 3.5 year old daughter moved from SE Washington to a 65 acre wanna be farm that has been in my family since the early 40's. I'm here with my Dad, helping him to care for the property and my Grandparents who are in their 80's and have very limited mobility.

    To occupy my daughters busy mind with all the difficult changes we've been through this year, we decided to get a couple goats, some chickens and we planted a large garden. We drove 45 miles to pick up a box of 28 chickens for $2 each in May. There were 15 roosters and 14 hens two of which had crooked beaks and didn't make it during the high temps this summer. We've already butchered 11 of the roosters. The first time that I made a dinner that was 100% grown on my land, I was through the roof! I've never seen my daughter eat plain chicken meat so well. We picked up a couple more chickens here in town who were about four weeks older than the first bunch. They're not 18 and 22 weeks.

    I found this website a couple weeks ago because I've been getting exceptionally eager about getting some eggs from my girls! our chickens are currently free range because we're just too lazy to build a coupe. I had been worried about the hens laying the eggs where ever. So when I saw everyone using golf balls on here I went to work. We had some old fruit boxes that I thought would make excellent nesting boxes. So I filled them with some old straw from the cow renters and put some small woofle balls in each box that my daughter and I got at the second hand store in town.

    Over the past two days I have been hearing some very loud hens in the chicken house but no eggs. After dinner, when my daughter and I took the slop bucket to the chickens I decided to have her go check for an egg. And sure as ****, there was our first egg! She'll be having it for breakfast tomorrow with some bacon.

    Thank you for reading my novel! This website has already provided me with so much information! You are all wonderful!


    Our first egg in the nesting box with the woofle ball


    Our little nesting box set up.


    Our egg next to a store bought large egg.


    The suspected egg layer.


    My daughter holding the egg. She was SO excited!

  2. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    Hello and welcome to BYC [​IMG] Congrats on the first egg! Love the pics, especially the one of your daughter holding the egg. Enjoy!
  3. Red Barn Farms

    Red Barn Farms ~Friendly Fowl~

    Apr 12, 2012
    Kentucky Heartland
    Hello, wonderful pictures, congrats on the egg! Welcome to BYC and ...

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  4. ghillie

    ghillie Hen Pecked

    Nov 13, 2008
    Colorado Springs, Co
  5. redsoxs

    redsoxs Crowing

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings from Kansas, Lindsay, and [​IMG]! Happy you joined our community and adopted a self-sustaining lifestyle. You're right - there is nothing like chicken you raise yourself!
  6. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Crowing

    Mar 26, 2011
    Upper Peninsula Michigan
    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan [​IMG]
  7. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Crowing Premium Member

    Dec 22, 2009

  8. aaabirdman

    aaabirdman Songster

    May 1, 2012
    Welcome to BYC
  9. jbirds2012

    jbirds2012 Songster

    Aug 14, 2012
    paicines, ca.
  10. LinkieLueville

    LinkieLueville In the Brooder

    Sep 6, 2012
    Winlock Wa
    So very rewarding! My favorite part was pulling the feathers.

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