David “Jay Bird” Fansler

About the farmer…

The David Fansler Farm is nearly 100 years old. Bought in the 1930s by his grandfather, it’s been in the Fansler family ever since and is home to chickens and cattle. Jay Bird’s nephews, Daniel and Ethan, help run the farm, but they’re also busy with their own operations — Walnut Bottom Farm and Old School Poultry. When Jay Bird needs to make a big decision, he consults his mother, who still calls the shots.

It’s no surprise that a man with the nickname “Jay Bird” would raise chickens, but David Fansler wears many hats. In addition to the work it takes to tend his flocks, Jay Bird and his wife, Reta, care for their young grandson Grantley during the week. Jay Bird also works as the Hardy County Commissioner — busy, busy, busy! In the rare time they have off, Jay Bird and Reta love to ride motorcycles on Sundays and participate in Bike Week in Daytona Beach. They also love taking cruises!

Jay Bird likes growing for Farmer Focus because it allows the chickens to be… well, chickens. Getting sunlight and time to roam around outside, quality feed and plenty of space to grow and move make for healthier, more active birds. Jay Bird also appreciates the way the feels valued at Farmer Focus, and that support is just a phone call away should he need it.

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