Hello from coastal Massachusetts

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by marbleheather, Jun 29, 2016.

  1. marbleheather

    marbleheather Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi, I'm Heather. I am new to raising chickens. We have 6 on a 1/4 acre suburban lot in coastal MA just north of Boston. I plan to post a pic of my current coop setup in the right forum because I could use some advice on how best to make my coop work with my yard and the portable pen my son and I built.
     
  2. Athaid

    Athaid Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hey welcome to BYC. I live on the coast too :D Cya around.
     
  3. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

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  4. BuffOrpington88

    BuffOrpington88 Non-Stop

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    [​IMG] Sounds like a nice place! If you'd like to get some ideas of what other people have done with their coops, lots of members have posted photos here. Thanks for joining us!
     
  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Welcome to the BYC flock.
     
  6. silkiecuddles

    silkiecuddles FortheLoveofSilkies

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    Welcome to BYC, Heather!
     
  7. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     
  8. Lynnski

    Lynnski Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi Heather, I live on the South Shore of Boston with a tiny yard.... How did you make out with your coop?
     
  9. marbleheather

    marbleheather Out Of The Brooder

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    I managed to move my coop over a little so the temporary run lines up better, but now the chickens are turning the grass run area into a poopy, muddy mess. I feel like I need a backyard chicken mentor!
     
  10. Lynnski

    Lynnski Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh Boy! I would say having a muddy, poopy mess is one of my top 3 worries being new to raising chickens! Not having much space, i feel i have to get it right. Having a solid roof on the run was needed to keep it dry. There are so many ways suggested here but in the end, we decided that removing all the grass, adding in a layer of organic fill, thin layer of grass clippings and ground tree stump mulch would be most like what we would find in nature. Its pretty easy to clean. I dont know if this will work thru each season, but its where we started.

    I was very tempted by the sand idea just for ease of keeping it cleaner, but in the end, thought more natural is where we needed to start.

    Did you end up posting pics of the coop design on here? Well, good luck with everything. I would love to hear what works and what doesnt for you if you dont mind. If you like, i can do the same.
     
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