BYC members in Massachusetts?

Discussion in 'Where am I? Where are you!' started by masschix, Apr 29, 2008.

  1. Arielle

    Arielle Chicken Obsessed

    Feb 19, 2011
    Massachusetts, USA
  2. ruffles

    ruffles Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 26, 2009
    Scrolling back to posts. Licensing of dogs is mandatory, it is to make sure they are up to date on rabies shots. Cats are mandated to have rabies shots.

    I guess a wealthy area like Martha's Vineyard, it seems like something is awry with funding.
  3. NoisyCricket

    NoisyCricket Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 3, 2011
    Does anyone have any guinea keets for sale in MA or NE CT?
  4. Fulton Heights

    Fulton Heights New Egg

    Feb 27, 2012
    I'm in Medford, MA. Last year I called City Hall about keeping chickens and they said no. I found out through this site that pet chickens are exempted. So, Local Folks, what do I need to know about chickens in this area? How do you manage with Medford's small yards? I've never kept chickens, but am an avid gardener (I want the manure!) and I want the eggs. Advice and resources, please!?
  5. Arielle

    Arielle Chicken Obsessed

    Feb 19, 2011
    Massachusetts, USA
    You are now consumed by the chicken bug. I live further out and have a few chickens. WE love them and have favs that come in the house.

    CHickens can and will detroy your plants. But you love them so much you won't mind.

    Flying and climbing gets them anywhere they want to go but mostly they run on the ground.

    Have a safe place to keep them cooped, with a run big enough to play in. This means make it bigger than you think you should. [​IMG]

    Start with a few and stay with a few as you are keeping them as pets. THey have personalities too and some get along better than others. In small quarters, easy going temperaments. If you go rhode Island Reds, get all RIR. They can be tough and biters. Love them anyway.

    Some breeds make better pets than others. Since you want eggs, think Orpingtons. Or Sussex. The hatcheries have buff orpingtons and speckled sussex. Other varieties are available thu private breeders. has a selection feature that is fun and useful to try to understand each breed is a little different. You are better off with a dual purpose aka heritage types. Some chickens are rather like a wild bird compared to others. Use "docile" in the selector.

    Check the coop section for ingenious designs.

    Keep reading BYC. Many people here to share with and willing to help. I've been reading and live here for a year.

    DH adopted our first hen from the BOston area. So good luck and I hope you enjoy your chicken adventures.
    Last edited: Feb 27, 2012
  6. shanachie05

    shanachie05 Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 11, 2011
    Northshore of Boston
    i am so happy to have stumbled on this Massachusetts thread. I am North of Boston, in Rowley. I have a small flock of chickens and am thinking about baby chicka again this year. I always enjoy thinking about them way ahead of time. Seriously considering incubating some and seeing how that goes... Have never done it.
  7. Arielle

    Arielle Chicken Obsessed

    Feb 19, 2011
    Massachusetts, USA

    Chickens are addictive.
  8. vnsseed

    vnsseed Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 12, 2009
    New Hampshire

    You may want to consider going to a local swap.... lots of great folks with lots of knowledge.... and there are chickens for sale, as well. Here is a couple of links:
  9. Lambchops

    Lambchops Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 21, 2009
    Hi Rowley, I'm a neighbor in Groveland. Lots of chicken owners up this way. Topsfield Fair is a great place to meet some as well as the FFA auction in the fall at the fairgrounds.

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