Jacksonville Realtor Demands Commission on Sale of Chicken Coop. Frustrated Buyer Vows Agent Will Have Egg on His Face!

The Mobile Chicken Tractor

The Mobile Chicken Tractor

It started out as an innocent inquiry to a Craigslist add that read “Mobile Chicken Tractor at The Hen House in Callahan $450”.  From the photos and description it seemed we had found our dream coop.  It was an exciting drive from Mandarin to Callahan. We were going clucking crazy we were so eager to see the custom coops being built by Skip Paseta.

Skip Paseta is a contractor by profession, but his passion is the preservation pure bred poultry.  The Hen House is a virtual living museum of some of Americas’ most exotic and sought after rare heritage breeds of chickens.  Birds bred and born at The Hen House have won national acclaim from the American Poultry Association.

The variation in color and plumage in heritage chickens makes the breeds of dogs shown at the American Kennel Club seem bland by comparison.  And no matter how well fed, bred or groomed dogs can’t lay eggs!

 

Skip Paseta of The Hen House

Skip Paseta of The Hen House

Regular chicken coops intended for back yard hens are stationary.  You pick the place in your yard that seems best and there the coop sits there until the end of time.  Not so with the Mobile Chicken Tractor.  This is a hen house on wheels!

What makes chickens the healthiest, happiest and laying the best quality egg is to dine on a natural diet.  The trendy term you know is “free range”, meaning the hens are able to forage for food as they would in the wild.  That gives them the nutrients from the bugs, worms, weeds and seeds they were designed to dine on.

 

Finding the First Egg!

Finding the First Egg!

Free range eggs have a dark orange yolk, taste great and are much healthier to eat.  They are higher in the nutrients that make eggs good for you like Omega-3 and lower in things your doctor tells you to avoid like cholesterol.

In discussing our flock options with Skip he shared that there are three considerations when choosing a hens.  Appearance, egg laying and temperament.  We wanted the triple crown of backyard hens.  Gorgeous hens that lay often and were pleasant to be around.

 

Skip first showed us Orpington hens. The original Orpington was bred by William Cook in 1866 by crossing Minorcas, Langshans and Plymouth Rocks. The breed achieved National Championship status in competition at Madison Square Garden in 1895.  How could you say no to that lineage?

 

Next Skip showed us Rhode Island Reds of the Mohawk line originally bred by Maurice Wallace.  It was “Mohawk V” that was named “Champion American Class” in 1928.  This great bird and many of his hens were then sold to the Donaldson family in Decatur, Georgia where the lineage continued until the 1960’s when upon Mrs. Donaldson’s death the flock was sold to W.E Reese Jr. in Thompson, Georgia.

 

It is a direct decedent of Mohawk V that lives in our Mobile Chicken Tractor with a pair of Orpingtons.  They are beautiful and pleasant to spend time with while waiting for delicious eggs.  The three of them deliver about a dozen eggs each week.

 

Wally Chick Watching!

Wally Chick Watching!

I’d been posting pictures of the hens on Facebook when I got a call from TV4 News reporter Tarik Minor who wanted to do a feature story on our heritage hens for the evening news.  It was great fun to share our story with viewers all across Jacksonville.  The notes and posts on Facebook were all positive and supportive of our flock as were the calls to our office.

 

Then I got a call from Gene Jones from ERA Dan Jones Realty.  Gene had seen the feature on TV4. He went on to tell me that Skip Paseta was his cousin, that he had listed the hen “house” that I had purchased that that since he had a relationship with both parties to the sale, that he was due a commission on both sides of the transaction!

 

In a settlement negotiated real estate attorney Jeff Marks in lieu of litigation I agreed to deliver of one dozen eggs and 100 pounds of chicken poop to Mr. Jones front door step.  Regrettably for Mr. Jones, he did not negotiate for a bag in which to deliver the chicken poop!

 

To get your own Mobile Chicken Tractor complete with heritage hens or just to learn more about backyard poultry check out www.HenHousePoultry.Webs.com or give Skip Paseta call at 904-228-0721.

 

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