PNW newbie

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by PNWnewbie, Nov 9, 2014.

  1. PNWnewbie

    PNWnewbie Hatching

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    Hello backyard chicken friends! I am new to chickens and am starting up shop at our new home on 5 acres in the PNW with 12 chickens. 5 pullets, six laying hens, and Fred the rooster. They are a blast!

    I recently posted a question on the Washington thread but I think I posted it wrong. I'll type out my question again here, so please forgive me if I am repeating myself.

    I am looking for locally sourced meat breeds to raise as chicks. I'm in Woodinville, WA (so on the eastside) and I want to raise a few chickens to butcher for our food source. I am not sure if it is the right time of year to find local chicks. If it isn't the right time of year I would love to know if anyone local raises meat breeds that they sell for slaughter?

    Thank you so much for your help.
     
  2. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons

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  3. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Crowing

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    Welcome to BYC! Glad you decided to join our flock. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. What kind of chickens do you have?
     
  4. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Bird is the Word

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    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    Yes, this may be a rough time of the year to find chicks. But you did say you posted in your state thread. Maybe someone there can help you out.

    Enjoy your flock and we do welcome you to ours!
     
  5. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master

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    [​IMG] Glad you joined us.
     
  6. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

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    Congratulations on your new home, and welcome to BYC. Good luck in locating some meat bird chicks.
     
  7. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. .....

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    Hi and welcome. One possible option since you are also keeping layers is to look at dual purpose breeds vs. straight up meat birds.
     
  8. PNWnewbie

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    Hi Michael,

    I currently have three ameraucana and two black wyandotte pullets. Hens that have just started laying in the last three months are; three black austrolorps, a buff orphington, a Rhode Island Red, and a Barnevelder. Along with one buff orphington rooster. I'm looking to add a few meat breeds too.
     
  9. Michael OShay

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    Hopefully your can find some meat breeds this time of year (difficult as TwoCrows pointed out), but you definitely have some good dual-prupose breeds. Black Australorps are my favorite, standard breed. I've raised them for years (along with dozens of other breeds) and they are extremely hardy, calm and gentle (my children, and now my granddaughter, made lap pets of them), and excellent layers of large, brown eggs. Good luck with your flock, and in getting your meat birds.
     
  10. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!
     

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