New and Jumping Head First


Mar 12, 2018
Penn Valley, California
Hi everyone! I'm Mary from northern California and I'm new to raising chickens. I've been doing a lot of reading and am thankful to have found this site (thank you Google!). I’ll do my best to cover the 6 intro topics that were outlined.

I've ordered 10 German Bielefelder chicks that will be here the first week of April. Nine girls and one boy. I hope to add Black Copper Maran in the future. I'm not sure if I will keep all the GB hens but we're setting up to house them all.

I was a hot and warm glass artist for over thirty years, as well as working in metals and stone. A little over a year ago we lost our home, my store, and my studio in a wildfire (actually a ‘controlled’ burn) that destroyed a total of 23 homes. So, instead of starting a new chapter in my life I’m looking at it as writing a whole new book. I am thinking I will try my hand at woodturning (always wanted to work with wood) and chickens to start. I always wanted to raise chickens too! One door closes, another opens….

I never met a tool or piece of equipment I didn’t covet and I’m game to try nearly any creative or artistic endeavor. I enjoy baking, cooking, and gardening and taking photographs. We have two dogs, the quirkiest English chocolate lab girl ever, and a big beautiful Rottie goofball that allows himself to be pushed around by the lab who is half his size.

I will probably have many questions to post and hopefully experiences to share as my flock grows.

Instagram page.
Hello Mary and welcome to BYC

Here’s a good link where you’ll find lots of information on almost every aspect of keeping chickens - from coop building ideas, to incubating eggs -

There’s a link on the page above to the Learning Centre - it’s a great resource. If you have a specific topic in mind, just type it in the search box - there's a wealth of information on past and present threads.

Each week, various topics are discussed, which can also be a great resource -

You can use this link to contact members in your area - Find Your State Thread

Best wishes

Pork Pie
G’Day from down under Mary :frow Welcome!

I am pleased you have 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.

Including your general location on your profile will assist others. Location, climate, season etc can be important factors when members are responding to any questions you may have and vice versa.

Please do check out the Topic of the Week discussions Pork Pie mentioned. I have found these to be a great resource, informative and sometimes entertaining.

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 ;)
Hello Mary! Great introduction. I'm so sorry to hear about the fire but it's great that you are making exciting plans for the future. I do hope you enjoy being a member of BYC. It's good to have you here :thumbsup

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