Originally Posted by Dracana
I always wanted to go to one of the shows or swaps. They sound like fun! What are they like?
I think I have the DH convinced to going to the Nationals this November. I wanted to go last year, but with the AI scare....well...
Swaps, depending on time of year, people bring extra birds, and sometimes chicks for sell. Depending on the seller, you may see very good quality healthy birds, and then others that may not fit that description.
Shows will generally have better quality birds, in the show, and sale pens. Hard to beat the Ohio National as shows go. There where no shows in Ohio last year. At shows birds are caged by breed and variety. So all the say light Brahmas will be penned next to each other by category, all the light pullets, light hens, cockerels, and cocks. Then the darks....., and then buffs. The large fowl Brahmas will be with large fowl Asiatics, with Cochins, Lanshans. The bantam Brahmas will also be caged similarly but over with the bantams. The birds for sale are usually on the end of the building, or sometimes in a neighboring building,
The key to either, if you have not made prior arrangements with a breeder, if your looking to buy, is to get there early as possible. The good stuff generally goes pretty quick.
Bring something to carry any birds you buy home in.
Cash is king, it amazes me how my wife has converted to debit cards almost exclusively these days.
Personally I never wear clothes or footwear that I use around my birds to a swap or show. On the off chance of packing something back home to my birds.
Ideally you should quarantine any new birds you may buy for a few weeks before introducing them to your flock.