Poultry swap coming up

Monthly event in Coombs may be slow now, but just wait until the fall

Monika Popein shows off a Polish cross chicken at the Coombs poultry and animal swap on Sunday.

Monika Popein shows off a Polish cross chicken at the Coombs poultry and animal swap on Sunday.

Things may be quiet down on the farm during the dog days of August, but Evelyn Gilmar is confident the action at the Coombs Farm Animal and Poultry Swap will pick up soon enough.

The swap, held on the first Sunday of every month at the Coombs fairgrounds, features local livestock producers offering everything from pigeons to ducks, chickens and even goats.

“It always slows down in July and August,” Gilmar said. “I was surprised how many there were in July, but we’ve got five or six vendors today, which is not bad for August.”

She stressed that while activity is slow, it’s important to keep the swap going through the summer, so producers know that when they put on a hatch, there will be a market for them.

The swap runs from March to November, with the next one scheduled for Labour Day.