The Chicken Chick in Poultryville, Part Deux: Reporting from P.Allen Smith’s Poultry Workshop

P Allen Smith's Garden Home

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!

 view from the porch of Allen's Garden Home overlooking 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.

P Allen Smith's Garden Home in Roland Arkansas

Mr. Chicken Chick served as guest photog for the weekend while I had a seat, waiting for the night’s bonfire.

Enjoying one of the amazing views at P. Allen Smith's Garden Home
Daffodils growing on P Allen Smith's Arkansas farm
P Allen Smith's Garden Home
A little further down the path from the Garden Home, a bit closer to Poultryville
Spring beauty at The Garden Home Retreat in Arkansas
The sheep pasture next to the Waterfowl Mecca.
The sheep pasture next to the Waterfowl Mecca
Mute Swan pair at P Allen Smith's Moss Mountain Farm
The Mute Swan pair
Mute Swan pair at P Allen Smith's Moss Mountain Farm
Mute Swan pair at P Allen Smith's Moss Mountain Farm

Construction of this chicken barn began last autumn. Finishing touches are still being put on it. Each breeding pen inside the barn has its own run to the outside. The pop doors are on a pulley system so that they can be opened simultaneously.

Construction of P. Allen Smith's chicken barn began autumn 2013. Finishing touches are still being put on it. Each breeding pen inside the barn has its own run to the outside. The pop doors are on a pulley system so that they can be opened simultaneously.
P Allen Smith's Chicken Barn at Moss Mountain Farm
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)

The turkey trailer, Anatolian Shepherds, turkeys and a raptor looking for lunch at P Allen Smith's Moss Mountain Farm
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 at P Allen Smith's Moss Mountain Farm

Chicken tractors, formerly cotton trailers, were the chickens’ accommodations prior to construction of the chicken barn.

Animals at P Allen Smith's Garden Home on Moss Mountain Farm

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.

P Allen Smith with Kathy Shea Mormino, one of Allen's dogs and hatching eggs.

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.

Kathy Shea Mormino, inside the chicken barn with P Allen Smith filming television and radio segments.
Black White Faced Spanish pen at P Allen Smith's Moss Mountain Farm
P Allen Smith’s Heritage Breed Beauties! Black White Faced Spanish
Silver Grey Dorking chickens and Dominique chickens in Poultryville
Silver Grey Dorkings and Dominiques
Buff Orpingtons at P Allen Smith's Moss Mountain Farm

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

Heritage Chicken Breeds at P Allen Smith's chicken barn: Welsumer, Barred Plymouth Rock, Blue Jersey Giant and Blue Andalusian.
Welsumers, Partridge Plymouth Rocks, Blue Jersey Giants and Blue Andalusians
Silver Laced Wyandotte, Dark Cornish, Light Sussex and Silver Spangled Appenzeller Spitzhauben chickens P Allen Smith's Moss Mountain Farm
Silver Laced Wyandottes, Dark Cornish, Light Sussex (with his human) and Silver Pencilled Wyandotte
Poultry Workshop at P Allen Smith's Moss Mountain Farm

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.

Poultry workshop at P Allen Smith's Moss Mountain Farm
Chicken chat was the order of the day.
P Allen Smith's Poultry Workshop in Little Rock Arkansas April 2014

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

Bottom left: Purscilla never misses a chance to eat great barbecue. Bottom Right: Mr. Chicken Chick. ♥

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.
Bottom left: Purscilla never misses a chance to eat great barbecue
Bottom Right: Mr. Chicken Chick. ♥

The rose gardens

We had the opportunity to visit the Formal Rose Garden, but it wasn’t in bloom at the time. The following photos are part of P. Allen Smith’s photo album on Facebook.

Roses
Kathy Shea Mormino, The Chicken Chick® & P. Allen Smith

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Glenda Irene Meredith

Would love to have this….would go with my other "chicken art"!!

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some day i'd like to visit his farm but till then thanks for these stories and enter me to win this item

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I love Sarah's artwork! Thanks for the give-away!

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Love all thr great info.

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Love Sarah's work! Hope I win!!!

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