Just wanted to say Hi to everyone!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by BackInTheCoop, Sep 1, 2014.

  1. BackInTheCoop

    BackInTheCoop Hatching

    Sep 1, 2014
    Tyngsboro Mass
    HI GUYS my name is Fred and I am a new home owner. Which has gotten me into finally being able to have a substantial garden. This is my first year at gardening but this is about chickens. So I am a carpenter by trade so I am in the planing process. But all input to when would the best time be to start a chicken coop. Things like chicks to hens. My family and I eat eggs like they are going out of style. So I figured why not have our own chicken coop for fresh eggs. And the manure will also help my composting or just straight fertilizing my gardens. If all goes as well as this year I am planing on tripling the size of my garden . And if that goes well I will plan on selling to local resturants and at frames markets. Buy first thing is first. Let's see how it all pans out . But for now any advice on chickens and local rules or laws on keeping chickens in tyngsboro mass. Again all input would be very help full. And agai hi to everyone.
  2. bobthebunny

    bobthebunny Chirping

    Aug 2, 2014
    Hi I want to be the first to say [​IMG]
  3. BackInTheCoop

    BackInTheCoop Hatching

    Sep 1, 2014
    Tyngsboro Mass
    Ty for the big welcome !!!
  4. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Bird is the Word

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    The best thing you can do is contact your local town hall and ask them about any regulations and laws in keeping chickens. We also have a Local Chicken Laws and How To Change Them section that may have your area listed...https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/37/local-chicken-laws-ordinances-and-how-to-change-them

    Have you stopped by our learning center yet? Lots of good articles on getting started with chickens, building the coop, raising the chicks and keeping your flock happy, healthy and safe from predators...https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center

    Make yourself at home here and if you have any questions, feel free to ask. Welcome to our flock!
  5. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Crowing

    May 14, 2014
    Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided to join our flock. If you are looking for advice on a particular breed, I would recommend Black Australorps. I have been raising them for years and they are an excellent first breed. They are extremely hardy. I have raised them both in northern Kansas where the temperatures reached 30 F below zero one winter and in CA where summer temperatures frequently reached 117-118 F (123 F once) and in both climate extremes, they came through like troopers. They are also very calm and gentle. My children, and now my granddaughter, made lap pets out of them. And they are the best layers of the standard, brown egg laying breeds. A Black Australorp holds the brown egg laying record with 364 eggs in 365 days, and while mine have never quite reached that level of productivity, I have still had a few of them lay over 300 eggs in a year. You can also research the various breeds by referring to the breed charts at http://albc-usa.etapwss.com/images/...petchicken.com/chicken-breeds/breed-list.aspx, and http://www.sagehenfarmlodi.com/chooks/chooks.html. Also, Murray Murray has an excellent "chick selector" tool at https://www.mcmurrayhatchery.com/chick_selector.html to help you select which breed is best for you. Just be sure to click on "show more characteristics." Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Whatever breed you decide to get, good luck with your flock.
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    You could also go to "where am I, where are you," on the social forum to locate and post on your state thread. The people there may be better at telling you where you can have chickens and where you can't. Plus they could be a good source for you, if you are able to
    to have them. Good luck. Hope you will be able to update us with good news. Welcome to BYC.
  7. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging

    Feb 18, 2011
  8. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons

    Apr 23, 2014
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    You've received tons of good advice above.
  9. arkansas55

    arkansas55 Chirping

    Aug 23, 2014
    hello and welcome to our flock[​IMG]
  10. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    [​IMG] Glad you joined us!

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