Thursday, February 26, 2015

Beautiful and Successful Day in Rickreall!!!

We would like to thank everyone who helped make our First Annual Winter Poultry Swap a HUGE success last Saturday! Mother Nature was very kind to us too with warm temperatures and abundant sunshine.  It was a beautiful winter day.  We had over 2000 people shopping (and over 60 vendors selling) in our 2 buildings at Polk County Fairgrounds - all poultry was sold within the first 2 hours!!!  Madeline Benoit, with the Oregon Department of Agriculture, even ran out of all the brochures, videos and handouts she brought for us!  We even made the Sunday Statesman Journal and the Polk County Itemizer-Observer!!!

Some numbers for you:


  • We had an unofficial count of over 2000 people in attendance
  • We had over 60 vendors from around Oregon
  • We collected 115 lbs of canned food for the Marion/Polk County Food Banks
  • We helped collect 100 spent hens/roosters for the Farmers Ending Hunger Project that were donated to the Dallas Food Bank


Signups for next year's Winter Swap have already begun.  You can find all the information and documents needed to join the fun on our Winter Swap page.  You can also sign up for our Summer, Fall and Spring 2016 swaps now too.  We hope to see you at our Swaps in 2015 and 2016!!

You can find a link to the photos of the day on our Photo Album page.







Friday, February 13, 2015

Swap Swag!

The latest order of Swap Swag was picked up today....we have to say, we are loving the new combinations that people keep creating with the colors and logos! A few new favorites this time around.... Remember, wear Swap Swag to the Swaps this year and receive 20 free raffle tickets! 

To order your own Swap Swap, contact us for more information on the colors, styles, sizes and prices.  We also have totes :)











Farmers Ending Hunger Project at the Winter Swap

We were contacted by a Senior from Central High School and his mentor who has teamed up with Farmers Ending Hunger and Mineral Springs Poultry for his Senior Project. They will be accepting spent hens, roosters and turkeys in Outside Stall #1 of the Arts & Crafts Building. All Chickens or Turkeys collected will be processed and donated to the Dallas community food bank to help end hunger within the local community. 

Only HEALTHY SPENT Chickens or Turkeys will be accepted. By healthy spent we mean hens no longer laying or that one too many rooster we all seem to end up with from time to time. No sick poultry will be accepted.

Please help this young man with his project and help feed the hungry in the local community!  We are hopeful to be able to team up with Farmers Ending Hunger and Mineral Springs Poultry to continue this cause at all our swaps in the future.

Our Fundraising Director, Christine Strawn is heading up this project. 






Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Keep Your Flock Safe!!! Biosecurity and Quarantining Information from OPS Inc

As we get closer to the Winter Swap, it is time to start reminding everyone attending that we take biosecurity at our swaps very seriously and it is important that you do too. It is everyone's responsibility. Our long standing clean record is a result of increased education and stricter policies and procedures. Education is the key and that is why we have teamed up with ODA and USDA. It is important to know that these two agencies support our events and backyard chicken owners. This is why they have reached out to us will be at all of our swaps in 2015 to assist and educate our community. They reached out to us way before the AI outbreak but ironically, it was perfect time. They will be set up in the Arts and Crafts Building at the Winter Swap. You will see this poster along with many others posted around the swap to assist you in understanding your part in keeping YOUR swaps and YOUR flocks safe and clean. We thank you for doing your part!

How to Protect Your Birds - Backyard Biosecurity


And this is an article about quarantining we've been using for quite awhile at the swaps. We urge everyone to read it and implement it. Have a plan, have an area, and do not cut corners. Quarantine education along with insuring only healthy animals come to our swaps has been the key for us.

Save Your Flock! Quarantine Information



Saturday, February 7, 2015

2015 Corporate Sponsors....so far....

We would like to take a moment to thank our corporate sponsors who have donated generously so far to YOUR 2015 Swaps.  Their support is great appreciated!!!  Their donations will allow us to keep improving your swaps in 2015. We would personally like to thank our Fundraising Director Christine Swanson-Strawn​ for her efforts in securing these sponsors as well as the others waiting in the wings!

Bronze Bee Sponsors ($250-$499 donation): Wilco, Palermo Heart-to-Heart Foundation, Glory Bee and Backyard Poultry.

Pewter Dove Sponsors (in kind donations of less than $249): Animal Crackers Pet Supply in Corvallis, Ag West in Rickreall, Metzer FarmsRandall Burkey Company , The Egg Carton Store, Nite Guard, Coastal Farm and Ranch and Backwoods Home Magazine.

If you know someone who would like to become a corporate sponsor, please contact Christine or Laura Castle for more information on our Sponsorship packages.