Naive about chicken swaps

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by teach1rusl, Aug 20, 2011.

  1. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    I went to the Kentucky State Fair today (mostly to take a look at the birds being shown), and they had an entire section of sale/swap. I guess many BYC folks have been to swaps, but (other than last years Indiana Chickenstock) this was my first. It blew me away, and not in a good way.
    I've never seen so many ill kept and poorly looking chickens! [​IMG] Yes, there were some healthy looking birds there, some that had clean bedding (we got there around 9:30 am) and space. But my Gosh!! There were SO many pens that had birds just crammed in there, barely room to turn around, birds that had wounds on them (from pecking maybe?), birds with horrible bare spots and/or filthy feathers. DH looked more disturbed than I felt - and we left that area before looking at all the birds. I know to some people they're "just chickens," but they're still living creatures!! Even from simply a sales position - it seems to me you'd want your "product" to look appealing [​IMG]
    I hope most swaps aren't like THAT... [​IMG] How depressing!
  2. punky rooster

    punky rooster Awesome

    Jul 21, 2010
    Quote:What a terrible experience! I can't tell you if that's normal, but I highly doubt (and hope) it.
  3. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

    Feb 20, 2008
    Opelousas, Louisiana
    I have never been to a chicken swap before. That's not good.
  4. ThePigeonKid

    ThePigeonKid Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 24, 2010
    Ohio - Chickens 3yrs
  5. theoldchick

    theoldchick The Chicken Whisperer Premium Member

    May 11, 2010
    I've had similar experiences, too. Just horrible conditions which turned me off. Probably one of the reasons my hubby gifted me my flock-although I'm sure hatcheries can be awful, too.
  6. boykin2010

    boykin2010 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 26, 2010
    South Georgia
    It depends on what kind of swap you go too. Also what birds are there. Birds that are worth more tend to be kept better. The worst conditions to me are chicken auctions. I have seen pens that i would put a single hen in and it would have 5 rooster piled on top of each other with no water. Sometimes birds die before they can ever be auctioned off.
    I do not buy from auctions any more simply because most of the chickens in it are poorly kept and are unhealthy. Just had a bird die today that i got from an auction last month. No idea what was wrong with it. Found dead in the nesting box this morning. Hope it isnt anything contagious to my birds [​IMG]
  7. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

    Feb 20, 2008
    Opelousas, Louisiana
    Quote:Uh oh. Sorry to hear about your bird. That is why I am always skeptical about buying any animal from someone I don't know.
  8. Glenmar

    Glenmar Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 17, 2011
    I got my first birds from a swap. There is a guy near me who shows. He has 2 very large swaps per year. I got 6 very nice hens and a pair of peafowl from this swap.
    I am sure they are all different depending on where you go.
    Pictures of some of the birds are on my BYC second page.
  9. Desert Rooster

    Desert Rooster El Gallo Del Desierto

    Sep 4, 2010
    Hesperia, Ca
    I don't understand why people do this to chickens, and if you tell them something, they say "there just chickens," but if you have a dog or cat living in the same conditions, you'll get arrested
  10. JeffJustJeff

    JeffJustJeff Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 23, 2011
    I agree about the chicken auctions. I'm in Central Ohio and the one that I go to is run by the Amish. The poultry auction isn't until 1PM and most birds get there in the morning. They never have water and are panting and crowded. I know you're not supposed to buy an animal out of pity, but sometimes I can't help myself.

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