Hello from Norcal

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by fawnfriend, Jan 31, 2018.

  1. fawnfriend

    fawnfriend In the Brooder

    Jan 31, 2018
    Hey everyone. I have been frequenting this site for a few years, first time making an account. ;P

    I live in beautiful Humboldt county, and living here has its own specifications, I wanted to see if any other flock owners here in our micro climate, and how their chickens deal with the fog and the rain.

    I also have very small aspirations to try and join my county fair someday, I thought it would be very neat.
    lol if anyone is still ready this, awesome! Ill just figured I'd try this out. :)

    (1) Are you new to chickens / when did you first get chickens?
    I will be new to owning them. Got to grow up around my grandpa's flock however.

    (2) How many chickens do you have right now?
    None. :(

    (3) What breeds do you have?

    (4) How did you find out about BackYardChickens.com?
    Probably google trying to find my local animal ordinances.

    (5) What are some of your other hobbies?
    Drawing and sketching, gardening, knitting, video games, cartoons and animation. I've got a bit of varied interests, but those are some of the standout ish ones.

    (6) Tell us about your family, your other pets, your occupation, or anything else you'd like to share.
    I live with my BF, my GSD, and our 2 cats.
  2. Pork Pie

    Pork Pie Flockwit

    Jan 30, 2015
    Hi and welcome to BYC - thanks for joining us.

    You may wish to consider joining your state thread as it will put you in touch with other BYC members in your area and maybe someone knows about your local regulations - Find Your State Thread

    Best wishes

    Pork Pie
  3. N F C

    N F C Poo happens, move on

    Dec 12, 2013

    It's nice to have you here, thanks for joining us! The state thread Pork Pie Ken gave you is the best place to check for other members in your general area.

    Make yourself at home and if you have questions, always feel free to ask!
  4. 007Sean

    007Sean Addict

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

    sourland Broody Magician

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Welcome to BYC. Define your goals, study, plan and you will be successful in establishing and maintaining your flock.
  6. rjohns39

    rjohns39 Addict

    Aug 20, 2015
    Smith County, TN
    Hi and welcome to BYC :frow We're so happy you've decided to join us:ya
  7. Texas Kiki

    Texas Kiki Did you candle today?

    Welcome to Backyardchickens.com aka BYC! :frow
    :yesss:We are glad you joined our flock.
    Jump right in and make yourself at home.

    This video will help you learn how to navigate this site:

    CURRENT COOP CONTEST click here >>#1
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  8. orrpeople

    orrpeople Grading essays - be back soon!

    Jun 15, 2016
    State of Jefferson
    Hi there! My dh and I lived in Arcata/Eureka for a couple of years (I went to HSU and got my teaching credential there!) - now we are just over the mountains in the Redding area!
    There are a few folks who live in your area, or similar climates, here on BYC. I think you will find that most breeds do quite well in your area.
    @EggSighted4Life lives on the coast...
  9. EggSighted4Life

    EggSighted4Life Free Ranging

    Apr 9, 2016
    California's Redwood Coast
    Hi, welcome to BYC! :frow

    Yes, I love the north coast and love meeting locals too! :wee

    I'm a little farther north in Crescent City. I have raised MANY breeds here. I find the fog and rain to be mostly irrelevant as long as there are some shelters to get out of it. They very often go out foraging for worms and bugs during the drizzle and head for shelter if a down pour starts. In fact our mild temperatures make for very comfortable summers and winters compared to most locations. And boy, if it hits 70 degrees everyone has their wings spread trying to stay cool. :p I've got bantams and large fowl. Feather foot and crested, even had naked neck for a while. Your possibilities are so many! And lot's of farming going on in these communities!

    Beware of chicken math. You already have a nice selection of animals... but sometimes it includes goats, rabbits, pigs or others. :oops: And don't be surprised if you get excited and your goals change many times. ;)

    Most feed stores are getting their chicks in right now. Don't start with less than 3 in case something happens to one there won't be a lonely, upset chick left behind. Lots of people also sell laying hens if you don't wish to raise chicks. I find it easier, if the dog has never been around chickens to start with chicks and train them that they are part of the family.

    I'm including some breed comparison charts. Beware though ALL birds are individuals... and MANY aren't as good as they SEEM on paper.


    I suggest starting with ONLY females to get a feel for chickens without the added drama and challenge of cockerels/roosters. That would mean don't buy any straight run chicks from a local "breeder" (term used loosely!)/ hatcher.

    As far as showing at the fair goes... some breeds will be much easier to high marks with than others. I think some of the patterned birds are harder, but don't have any personal experience showing.

    Hope you enjoy it here (both BYC and the north coast) as much as I do! :pop
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  10. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    So glad you joined the Backyard chickens flock :wee

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