Last weekend, I made the annual trek, about two and half hours from home, to the Northeast Poultry Congress. I absolutely love to go to this event held each January. Last year, I was allowed to have a table to sell books and this year, I was able to bring my new book How to Speak Chicken and share it with fellow poultry lovers. If you haven’t been to a poultry show, I must share that you should put it on your list of things to do. Poultry shows are family-friendly and allow you to see new breeds and meet people who are passionate about their birds.
On the periphery, there are always vendors sharing their wares and information with the attendees. This is a great time to have your questions answered. At this show, there was a table from backyardchickens and Peter Brown, aka~ the Chicken Doctor. There were tables from various feed stores, local artisans, as well as eggcartons.com, who brought all sorts of chicken supplies and goodies to sell. There was even a raffle.
It is a wonderful way to spend the day with the family and meet new friends. I had the pleasure of seeing one of my junior exhibitor friends. She is the sweetest little girl and could not wait to introduce me to her newest flock member, Solomon! Solomon was the sweetest rooster I had ever met and he even posed with me for this picture.
These two shows that I attended were free including the parking. So if you are new to chickens or you are an advanced chicken keeper, why not check to see if there are any local poultry shows happening in your neck of the woods? I guarantee, you will not be disappointed. We certainly had great fun. We were able to avoid the temptation of bringing home any bunnies or poultry that were for sale, except for a new pair of chicken salt and pepper shakers.
This is the first of three planned posts about my day at the Poultry Congress, stay tuned to hear about my meeting Jan Brett and seeing her beautiful Polish Hens next.
Photo Credits: Tilly’s Nest