I have been participating in local swaps for a few years now. Recently at a local swap a family stopped at my tent to look at my chickens. They told me I did not have what they were looking for however they wanted to "commend" me. I asked what they meant. They replied that I was the ONLY vendor that has water bowls in my birds cages and had water in them. That comment troubled me. So after selling my last chicken I looked around. I never realized how many cages had no bowl in them or was just allowed to go dry. Not to mention how many cages were GROSSLY over populated. We talk about how much we care for our birds, yet this is how we show our care to the public. It made me ashamed to be a part of such an event. There have been swaps since, and I see the same time and again. This needs to stop. I know we want our swaps to be a success and have buyers and vendors come but we NEED guidelines and if vendors bring STUFFED cages or no water ask them ONCE to FIX IT or LEAVE! To me this seems like something that should not need saying. As a buyer if you saw a bird being cared for like that would you want to buy it??? If this post offends anyone, oh well! People who care for an animal like that shouldn't have them!!!