Just wanted to chime in and say hello to all the others from Maryland. Lifetime Bowie resident new to backyard chickens this past Spring. For those of you from around here I would love to know about anything "chicken" nearby like shows, places to buy/shop for supplies, local places to get baby chicks, and anything else you think would be helpful.
I don't know how to link to this from another thread, but Here's a message about the Poultry Expo being held in Westminster this spring:
The University of Maryland Extension will host the Mid-Atlantic Small Flock Poultry Expo on Saturday, February 4, 2012 from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM at the University of Maryland Extension-Carroll County Office & Carroll County Agriculture Center, 700 Agriculture Center Drive, Westminster, Maryland, 21157. The expo will feature educational seminars on poultry nutrition, disease prevention and control, chicken breeds, egg and meat production basics, housing, pasturing, feeding and watering systems, regulations and ordinances, organic production, litter and mortality composting, breeding and egg incubation, turkey production, brooding chicks, poultry in diversified livestock operations, exotics, egg grading and handling, marketing and economics, urban poultry, and protecting your flock. Vendors will be available with live poultry and poultry related items. A poultry processing demonstration will be conducted. Producers and Extension specialists will be available for technical questions about production practices. 4-H will conduct activities and competitions. Door prizes will be awarded. Lunch and snacks will be available for purchase.
Registration: Adults: $10 pre-registration fee, $20 at the door
Youth 10-18: $5 pre-registration, $10 at the door
Children under 10: Free
4-H Members or Volunteers admitted free
(must pre-register and show 4-H membership card at the door)