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Newbie in Massachusetts here!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by BackItUp.PlayItSlow, Mar 22, 2018.

  1. BackItUp.PlayItSlow

    BackItUp.PlayItSlow In the Brooder

    Mar 22, 2018
    West Newbury, MA
    Hi All,

    This site has been a wealth of information as I have been googling and setting up my brooder, questioning everything my chicks do and for general "is this normal" questions. I'm about 2 weeks into raising chicks and decided to join. Thank you all for the wonderful information, anecdotes and help with this journey!

    We are currently raising 8 pullets(fingers crossed) from tractor supply- 3 Barred Rock and 5 Buff Orpinton (we think- the girl wasn't 100% sure on the buff colored chicks. Internet sleuthing led me to land on Orpingtons) and 4 unsexed silkies- a white and a black showgirl, a splash and a pure white.

    The chicks are living in our spare bedroom right now in a home made brooder with pine litter (come on spring, get here!).

    Currently looking at coop design to build a coop/run, but realistically might have to purchase because time is precious and it is too cold and wet to build outside right now. Any suggestions are welcome!
    Last edited: Mar 22, 2018
  2. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Crossing the Road 5 Years

    Nov 7, 2012
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  3. Fields Mountain Farm

    Fields Mountain Farm Enabler

    Jun 6, 2017
    Dunlap TN
    Welcome to the family! :frow
    I'm glad the site has already been helpful and you decided to join us! :love
    If you haven't already, check in on your state thread and get to know some peeps close to your area...:)
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  4. 007Sean

    007Sean Enabler Premium Member

    Oct 25, 2015
    South Central Texas
    Howdy:welcome:frow Happy :yato have you join the family. Enjoy your time here at BYC! :)
  5. Rocky Rhodes

    Rocky Rhodes Songster

    Oct 5, 2013
    North Georgia Mountains
    Welcome to the flock.:frow I prefer to build, you can have a much larger coup for less ca$h.:thumbsup
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member 8 Years

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
  7. Pork Pie

    Pork Pie Flockwit Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hello and welcome to BYC and congrats on your new littles. A prefab garden shed would be a great alternative to consider :confused:

    As mentioned by fields mountain farm, you can use this link to contact members in your area - Find Your State Thread

    Best wishes

    Pork Pie
  8. BackItUp.PlayItSlow

    BackItUp.PlayItSlow In the Brooder

    Mar 22, 2018
    West Newbury, MA
    Thank you for the links and idea of a pre-fab shed. I'm sure I'll be on here more as I start getting the coop ready!
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  9. N F C

    N F C you heard the cat, smile! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013

    Thanks for joining us, it's nice to have you here!
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  10. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams 5 Years

    G’Day from down under BackItUp.PlayItSlow :frow Welcome and Congratulations! :clap

    This is a really good article: How Much Room Do Chickens Need

    I am pleased you delurked and hope you enjoy being a BYC member. There are lots of friendly and very helpful folks here so not only is it overflowing with useful information it is also a great place to make friends and have some fun.

    BYC has Topic of the Week discussions which I have found to be a great resource, informative and sometimes entertaining; so definitely worth checking out. There are some good ones for those just starting out.

    If you would like to share Pictures and Stories of your flock, you have come to the right place. BYC’ers never tire of these and do not back away slowly or commence eye rolling when the photo album or home videos come out ;)
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