We went to a great little farm swap in Lakeland on Saturday with family and friends. It wasn’t the first we have been to, but the time time there. There were a decent number of animals available for sale, mostly poultry and a few rabbits. Most people were really friendly. Our goal was to find a few different breeds of chickens we didn’t already have. We were able to find a few we were interested in for our farm. What we ended up getting were; two Delaware chickens and a speckled Murans. We also bought a few guinea fowl which are really cool. The are a bit loud, which is not an issue being where we are. They are very self sufficient and are supposed to be insect eating machines. It has been told that they even eat ticks, unlike many other fowl. In Africa they have been eaten as food for a long time. The guinea fowl are a meat only bird as they lay infrequently and at a certain time of year. They are a smaller bird but are said to produce good tasting meat and in a fairly short period of time. More to come on our guinea fowl in a future post.
I enjoy going to farm swaps generally. We picked up our two St Augustine sheep from the Barberville farm swap a couple weeks earlier. They have a much greater variety of animals available and it is much bigger. Though with any farm swap you should ask questions and pay close attention to the conditions of the animals. You don’t want to inadvertently introduce new disease to your flock. My rule of thumb is to look at the conditions of the cages they keep the animals in and the way they handle them. People who don’t care to keep the cages they sell in decent shape probably don’t keep the quarters of their animals in any better shape.