Our meetup group has been rather slow to take off, but I would like to see that change. We're all here because we love our birds, and that common interest is a good start in developing relationships. This group has great potential if we all put in just a tiny bit of effort - think of the possibilities: an experienced chicken-sitter when you need a vacation, volume discounts on feed, help with a predator issue, and general camaraderie.
In November 2011, Diane Fritsch suggested we rotate meetups at our homes so that we can get acquainted and talk about our flocks, coops and anything else. Diane's meetup was relaxing, enjoyable, and we all went home with ideas after viewing her coop setup - in my opinion, rotating the meetups is an excellent idea. I've volunteered to host "Rotating Meetup #2" in September and Vicki has volunteered to host "Rotating Meetup #3" in October. I'm not suggesting that we turn this into a monthly thing at all, Vicki and I scheduled these meetups around our existing commitments.
Any way - not to belabor the point, but you will get nothing from this group if you don't put anything in. Would you consider hosting a rotating meetup? What about getting together at a local restaurant and talk about pooling our resources?
Lastly, with regards to "Rotating Meetup #2", I'd like to tell you my coop looks like this:
But it definitely does not, so no snickering when you see it. :-p