It took some convincing on her daughter's part before Alexandra Matthews agreed to allow chickens in her Mill Valley backyard.
"I had my doubts," said Matthews, who has since helped both her daughters raise chickens as part of a 4-H project. "But my daughter is a total chicken expert. The chickens they chose - silkies - are not great egg-layers, but they're great pets.
"I'm crazy about chickens now," Matthews said.
Matthews was one of about 80 poultry lovers who attended Thursday's Backyard Chicken Workshop at Toby's Feed Barn in Point Reyes Station. The event, sponsored by the University of California Cooperative Extension in Novato, served as a primer for the growing number of families in Marin and elsewhere interested in welcoming fowl into their homes.
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