Western Massachusetts

Fiddlehead

Songster
9 Years
May 12, 2010
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Western Mass
Hi, I am in Deerfield! I would love to keep this thread going just to make some local friends in addition to getting some help!

I have too many cochin/silkie roosters!! Please give my beautiful roo's a good home (no culling!) These guys are around 7 months old, very beautiful coloring. They are trying to mate daily, so if you are looking to expand your flock, they are your guys. Here is a link to some pictures of them. In the pics, there are a few silkies that I would be willing to part with as well.

https://www.backyardchickens.com/web/viewblog.php?id=57283


(I am not giving away the Wyandotte pictured, sorry!)
 

homesteady

In the Brooder
9 Years
Jan 23, 2011
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Hey Fiddlehead- I live over the river in Leverett. Saw your add on CL. I started last year with some hatchery birds from the feed and seed,and today we just finished our first hatching from eggs through the BYC auction. Marans and Olive eggers. Things are going to get real interesting when these two dozen get bigger. I missed the chicken gathering last week in Westford. Kind of bummed that i forgot about it until it had passed. Would like to find the next nearby gathering. Good luck with those roosters, I can't fit any more in the coop, but I bet could find them a good home;)
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Fiddlehead

Songster
9 Years
May 12, 2010
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Western Mass
Hi there! Glad to know there is another friend out there! My relatives live in Leverett, they own the sugar shack on rt 63 near Bull Hill. I would love to start going to some shows. If there are any in our area, would you let me know? Keep in touch!
 
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fagusabello

In the Brooder
10 Years
Jul 2, 2009
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Montague, Massachusetts
Hey Fiddlehead,
I'm also in the Western Mass area not far from you... Montague Center (work over in UMass).
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Since there's a beautiful trout stream behind my house I've been for a couple years raising Ducks and Geese (tried my hand at Guinea Fowls but those local Foxes really LOVED them just too much). NO chickens though, still have some bad memories from when I was really really young. One of my chores included feeding them in the mornings... <cough> spent a couple years with bloody ankles/knees and running from the roosters.

Set up my COOP and two pens for the flocks off the stream.
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I pass your family's Leverett Sugar Shack every day on my way to work. During the last Flood I was sure it was going to be float away. Route 63 was barely passable as the water rushed across the road from the parking lot. Anyway... Merry Meet.

Cheers, Jonathan (fagusabello)
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Fiddlehead

Songster
9 Years
May 12, 2010
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Western Mass
HI Jonathan, very nice to meet you!! You have a beautiful flock! My hubby would love to have a trout stream in our backyard. You are very lucky! I am sorry about those Roosters! LOL! Maybe you could consider just getting a few nice silkie hens? They are so docile. I just got a trio of beautiful buff silkies, I am in love!! I am friendly with 2 women who have a chicken farm in Montague, I believe one or both of them work at Umass as well. Small world!!

I thought the sugar shack was in trouble too! We got some amazing pictures of the flooding. They were very fortunate...whew!!
 

mamadukes5

Chirping
8 Years
Jul 14, 2011
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Easthampton, Mass
I looked through 12 pages to find a Western Mass thread, and here you are! I'm in Easthampton, which is not all that far from most of you, and am happy to have found you. First three Mass threads I found were all out by Boston, and I was starting to think I was the only one out this way. This is my first year with chickens, and wanted to know if anyone who has done this through the winter before had any input about how the birds do through the winter months. I did find one person in Pittsfield, but this is her first year too. My coop is airtight (well it has a window but there are shutters for when it gets cold) and I wasnt sure if I'd need to run a heat lamp out there or something. Anybody who has wintered through with their flock, I'd love some advice.
 

mamadukes5

Chirping
8 Years
Jul 14, 2011
122
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Easthampton, Mass
far west central gets the same weather I get here. Let me know how yours do for the winter. Im trying to convince my dh that his truck will be safe outside for the winter if I move the chickens inside the garage. He's not going for it so far.
 

redhen

Kiss My Grits...
Premium Feather Member
11 Years
May 19, 2008
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Western MA
Hey! I dont live too far from you at all! Like 45 min..
Lucky, you live by Yankee Candle!!...
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