Chicken Hobbyist

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I truly haven’t picked up my camera in years, as I am not, nor will I ever be, a photographer. I also have neglected this page that I genuinely thought I would dedicate more time to keeping.

On a side note, I teach Special Education. Thus, my life is consumed by the world of education and all of its glories and failures.

Yesterday, I dusted off my camera and went out to take some photos of my chickens. It’s the middle of the winter here in the Pacific North West. Thus, very green and mostly cloudy, with a deluge of rain on the side. I admit, I’ve taken better photos in the past, but given it’s been on a shelf for years, this will do. Hope you enjoy a little slice of my hobby.

These are the first chickens I have raised from the time they were chicks. I admit, I probably would have had an easier time had I just bought them as pullets (older juvenile chickens), but I decided I would test the theory of raising chicks of my own for once. It was well worth the time, effort, and money. They grow very fast, as you can see. They are 5 months in these photos.DSC_0085DSC_0103

We built the coop about 4 years ago. At that point, we only had four chickens.DSC_0207

Currently, we have 10 chickens in a variety of breeds.

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Breeds Left to Right: (Light Brahma, Easter Egger, Buff Orpington, Buff Brahma, Welsummer)
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Easter Egger (Front) Welsummer (Back)
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Buff Brahma (uncertainty about the origin of the Breed, chicken experts believe it originated in Asia.)
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Light Brahma

Before raising chickens, I never knew there were so many breeds to choose from depending on what you are looking to get out of them (e.g. some people use them for exhibition, eggs, and meat). Included in these photos are shots of my cats as well. I am so rusty, that I wanted to take photos of them first just to make sure my damn camera still worked.

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Speckled Sussex

I suppose I will need to use my camera more often. I’m no expert, and will never claim to be.

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Creating an Urban Chicken Coop

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We are building an “urban” chicken coop in our back yard in order to have fresh eggs. Beginning with a frame. It took a whole day just to lay the bottom frame. It also was unusually hot for the Kitsap Peninsula.

Day 2:
Coop Frame Part 1

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Part 2:
Finished frame, with coating of stain and galvanized steel mesh.

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The Evolution of My Cherry Blossom

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Looking up into my magnificent Cherry Blossom Tree.
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Playing with the back round lighting on elements.
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Just budding…

The Evolution of My Cherry Blossum

A Pacific Northwest Spring Phenomenon. No matter how cold, warm, etc. it is. My Cherry Blossom blooms without fail every spring at about the end of March. Just spectacular! I decided I would document it’s progress. Here are some photos of the first stages of it’s magnificence and glory.

Neighborhood Wild Flowers

The summers in the Pacific North West are quite short. However, there are indeed quite beautiful as well. I was on a walk the other night with my fiancee and our two Boxers and I brought along the camera with the intention of taking photos to some of the spring/summer mix flowers native to the Western Washington area. This place is alive and blooming in May, mostly with Rhododendrons and other types. I have posted some of my own photos as well of the native flower called a Fox Glove. It actually has a poisonous stalk if you touch it and then eat foods with your hands, so make sure if you have these flowers, to wash your hands well if you touch them. I also have taken photos of my roses as well. Enjoy!

These are the beautiful purple flowers I saw on my walk the other day.

Tubal Cain Mines, 1 mile above B-17 crash site

We also hiked up farther on the Tubal Cain trail to the site of a B-17 plane crash about 60 years ago. The people flying the plane were on a rescue mission to Vancouver Island and crashed in the Olympic Mtns. They waited three days for someone to come and find them. Four men died in the plane crash, and four survived. It was so cool to get up to this spot and still see the plane wreckage. The four men in the crash that survived walked out of the mountains three days later. It took them three days to walk out, incredible. It is pretty eerie that they crashed just about a mile away from the mines. Now there is a trail. However, the trail to the plane crash is not taken care of by the National Forestry service. So at a time right now when you need spikes and sometimes snow shoes to get up there, imagine what it would have been like to try to walk out in the middle of January without equipment or food. Amazing hike!

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Resting place of the B-17 Plane
Part of the plane wreck in a stream nearby.
The place where the plane crashed in the mountains. It wasn’t as beautiful that January Day.