For Clay Reints, adding chickens to his grain farm near Clarksville made a lot of sense. "It’s a way to add value to the corn we’re growing," he said.

And when the right opportunity came along, he jumped at the opportunity.

Reints will be raising chickens for Prairie’s Best Farms.

Last week, he held an open house on his farm before approximately 42,000 chickens were scheduled to make their arrival to the farm. A second barn will house 42,000...