Hello all! I've been reading BYC for about 3 months now but just decided to go ahead and join! So glad I did! I live in Harford County, MD and when we bought a house in the country, we decided to try to raise chickens. I'm a special education teacher and I have to say that the chickens have been such a wonderful stress relief for me! They can always bring a smile to my face. We only have 3 right now but I can truly see how this is addicting and I will be adding to my flock slowly. We have a Barred Rock, an Ameraucana, and a Jersey Giant. Originally we had a Rhode Island Red before the JG but I learned a hard lesson in free ranging when a fox grabbed her. The JG is the youngest of the 3 and the BR is currently the only one laying eggs but I'm hopeful that the Ameraucana will be next. We had our first soft shelled egg yesterday and this is why I'm glad I had been exploring BYC for months now! I didn't freak out at all like I would have if I didn't know that this was possible. Glad to be here!