New member in Massachusetts

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by SteveinMA, Dec 1, 2010.

  1. SteveinMA

    SteveinMA In the Brooder

    Oct 5, 2010
    Sidney, NE
    Good morning all.
    New memeber here from Mansfield, MA. New to chickens as well. My 6 Rhode Island Reds were born on Labor Day 2010 and I received them 2 days later in the mail. They have been a joy every day since. Their coop seems to be quite tight, and I have insulated it as well. I now use straw instead of pine shavings (I like it much better and keep a small layer in their run as well). They will finish with their starter food this month and will then start on layer feed. For the upcoming winter months I have purchased a small heated water dish that their waterer will sit inside and keep from freezing and a thermostat that will turn it on when it reaches 35 degrees. Can anyone think of anything else I have forgotten to prepare for our harsh winters. So far they seem quite happy and contented. Thanks to all the posters on the site. One of the main problems I had initially was mucked up food and water dishes. A simple suggestion I read to someone else about elevating them on a brick even about 2-3 inches makes all the difference in the world. Not that I dont sometimes come out and they are a mess, but 80% of they time they are reasonably clear. thanks again to all the great chicken folk on this site.
  2. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Welcome to BYC.
  3. D'Angelo N Va.

    D'Angelo N Va. Songster

    Dec 28, 2009
    Welcome! Ask all the questions you want and there will be someone here that will and can answer them...Sounds like you have them all set for a long winter... Good Luck.
  4. WhoopiePie

    WhoopiePie Chirping

    Nov 1, 2010
    Queens, NY
  5. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Crowing

    Aug 3, 2007
    Oberlin, OH
    [​IMG] and [​IMG] from Ohio. I keep all my feed and water containers elevated. [​IMG]

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