This is the second half of my photo essay detailing my visit to P. Allen Smith's Garden Home at Moss Mountain Farm in Arkansas to be the guest reporter at his Poultry Workshop a few weeks ago. Part one of The Chicken Chick in Poultryville can be read here. In this series of photos, I'll give you a guided tour of most of the farm, the low-down on the Poultry Workshop and the eagerly awaited tour of Poultryville!
This is the view from the porch of Allen's Garden Home overlooking the sheep pasture and Poultryville. The red roof in the distance is the chicken barn.
From the Garden Home, we headed towards Poultryville, which is where the chickens, turkeys, ducks and swans live. There are no bad views at Moss Mountain Farm- every step was a new, breathtaking vista and photo opportunity.
Mr. Chicken Chick served as guest photog for the weekend while I had a seat, waiting for the night's bonfire.
A little further down the path from the Garden Home,
a bit closer to Poultryville.
The sheep pasture next to the Waterfowl Mecca.
The Mute Swan pair.
These photos were taken of the back of the chicken barn.
Top left: view of the chicken runs.
Top right: view of the sheep pasture and Garden home.
Bottom left: view of the chicken barn from the turkey tractor.
Bottom right: view of Waterfowl Mecca from the chicken barn.
A quick update from Allen and me during the day of the workshop.
Click HERE to hear the radio interview I did with Allen in the Chicken Barn! (begins at approximately minute 25, but I'm sure you'll enjoy the entire program)Top left: an old cotton trailer serves as the turkey tractor
Top right: turkey tractor residents.
Bottom left: Anatolian Shepherd pair that serve as vigilant livestock guardians in the sheep pasture and area surrounding Poultryville. The female is recovering from an encounter with a coyote who inflicted significant injuries to the back of her neck.
Bottom right: Predators abound on Moss Mountain Farm as one would expect and raptors are no exception. This hawk seemed to be a permanent fixture above Poultryville.
Chicken tractors, formerly cotton trailers, were the chickens' accommodations prior to construction of the chicken barn.
One of Allen's dogs who was the official greeter at the Garden Home. The white tent was where the Poultry Workshop kicked off, wound up and where lunch was served. The hatching eggs were hand gathered for me by Allen on Friday and given to one of his team members to give to me on Saturday. She stored them in her car all day Saturday without realizing that a hot car parked in the Arkansas sun weren't ideal storage conditions. The hatch had its challenges, but I consider it a success nonetheless.
Quick introductory video from inside the Chicken Barn.
Inside the chicken barn, filming some segments and taking a selfie with Allen. You can see from the light fixture that the barn is still a work in progress.
Black White Faced Spanish.
Silver Grey Dorkings and Dominiques.
Buff Orpingtons. Allen allows each breed to take turns free-ranging on the property in order to preserve stock purity. The BOs made the most of their yard time.
Welsumers, Partridge Plymouth Rocks,
Blue Jersey Giants and Blue Andalusians.
Silver Laced Wyandottes, Dark Cornish, Light Sussex (with his human) and Silver Pencilled Wyandotte.
The presenters at the Poultry Workshop
Top Left with hat: Doug Yoho, a program associate at the University of Arkansas and hatchery manager. He spoke about processing birds for meat.
Next to Mr. Yoho is Dr. Keith Bramwell, PhD, poultry extension specialist at the University of Arkansas. He spoke about breed selection and sourcing, supplies, nutrition and health and egg production and fertility.
Next to Dr. Bramwell is Jeff May, poultry farmer consultant. He spoke about creative chicken coop design.
Top left with Allen (wearing tie) is Dr. Dusty Clark, PhD who holds a degree in veterinary medicine and works as the University of Arkansas extension poultry health veterinarian. Dr. Clark spoke about biosecurity, diseases, nutrition and predator control.
Chicken chat was the order of the day among Allen's team, (top left and bottom left) attendees, (top right- also two Chicken Chick fans!) and sponsors (bottom left and bottom right-Terri Waters representing Manna Pro Poultry).
Top left and bottom left, Allen with his right hand woman, Laura Leech.
Top right: John Owens, president Hortus, Ltd / P. Allen Smith Company
Bottom right, chatting with Doug Yoho, Keith Bramwell and P Allen Smith about poultry operations in China.
Lunch was held underneath the tent and kudos go to the ladies on the Top left who prepared it!Top Right: Allen with Laura Leech and Mimi San Pedro, Chief Operating and Marketing Officer, Hortus, Ltd/P Allen Smith Companies. They raffled off some gifts, courtesy of Manna Pro and The Heritage Poultry Conservancy, which Allen founded in 2009. The Conservancy is dedicated to the preservation and support of all threatened breeds and strains of domestic poultry through the encouragement of education, stewardship and good breeding practices.
Bottom left: Purscilla never misses a chance to eat great barbecue.
Bottom Right: Mr. Chicken Chick. ♥
We had the opportunity to visit the Formal Rose Garden, but it wasn't in bloom at the time. A whole gaggle of garden bloggers will descend upon Moss Mountain Farm in May, which will assuredly result in photos aplenty of the rose garden. The following photos are part of P. Allen Smith's photo album on Facebook.