It officially begins. Just arrived this morning. So, now we need to clean the totes out completely, making sure the interior of the tanks does not have anything left inside. Once that is done, I can begin sorting out where they will be placed, on the property, to begin construction of the system.


Sorry for not updating anything for a while. We were planning on moving out to the farm. In fact, we had power run to the property for that specific reason, when we were last there. But, I found a deal in town TOO good to pass up, while still keeping us in town AND giving us a bit of land to run our first aquaponics system on. Photos of the new place added.

(Image Immediately Below) The property entrance faces west, with the house and apartments facing the vacant lot. This is a southerly view. It should be fine for solar powering the water and air pumps. Mains and solar will be used to guarantee 100% run time for the pumps.

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(Image Immediately Below) The area off to the right, with the metal across the front, is where the AP system will be set up. Naturally, being in the city, I will have to run security cameras and infrared flood lamps for night images. Don’t want to put money into this, just to see it vandalized or stolen by some low life creatons.

The roof over the drive (right side of the house, directly behind the gate), will provide 99 square meters of collection area, which should be ample water supply for the system, even throughout dry season. If not, I will just have to cross that bridge when I come to it.

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We should be in the new location by month’s end (May 31st), at the latest.

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First, I am not going to get into the very basics of aquaponics, like “what is aquaponics?” There are too many places online for that and other information. Here is a good FAQ page.

On Joy of Keeping Chickens, we want to focus on what we are planning, which is more than just raising chickens. Hopefully, those of you who are interested in starting an aquaponics system in Cambodia, will be able to benefit mostly from this. However, if Chan and I can help others around the world as well, we are certainly open to doing that as well.

Let’s jump right in here. The plan is to grow as healthy food as possible, for us to consume at Chan’s farm. If it helps us on our trek to self-sustainability, I will be as happy as a tick on a dog’s back. I want to eat healthier vegetables, fruits, meat, fish, etc. The main way to achieve that goal, is to grow it ourselves. (My deal with Chan is, I will grow it and she will harvest and prepare it. She seems fine with that.)

One step to a healthier diet is an aquaponics system. Attached is an image of the planned layout.


Grow area will be 4 meters by 3 meters.
Main fish tank – 1022 liters
DWC – 900 liters (3 – 300 liter beds)
Grow Bed Barrels – 520 liters (5 – 104 liter barrels)
Sump – 208 liters (1 – 208 liters barrel)
Radial Flow Filter – 40 liters (2 – 20 liters filters)


… we might as well use it for something in addition to our current farm. We already have chickens, ducks and cows. Now, we are looking at what we can expand to, primarily for our own self-sustainability.

  1. Aquaponics
  2. Pigs
  3. Bee Hives
  4. Machinery
  5. Goats, possibly?


Looks like we are on the way to making improvements at the farm, so we can live out there full time. This will give us a chance to really get the farm off the ground. If we are there full time, we can keep a closer eye on what is happening. We will also be able to save money each month, money that we currently spend on a second place to live, electricity, water, etc., etc., etc.

We have completed the first step on the long road to construct our home there. For starters, we turned this:
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Into this:

No worry, though. During the process of filling in the “old” pond, we have started on a journey with a “new” pond:

The “old” pond was about 19 meters long, by 9 meters wide. The “new” pond, so far, is 12 meters long, by 10 meters wide. Its size will be increased as we need more fill dirt for other areas of the farm.

Paul & Chan



I am an American, currently residing in Cambodia. I have lived here for three and a half years. But, I am far from being new to Southeast Asia. Previously, I resided in Thailand for a short while, and in the Philippines for more than eleven years.

I moved to Cambodia on May 22nd, 2012, from Thailand. About six months later, I met a woman who was going to become a very special and major part of my life, Chan.

Throughout my life, and since I was a very young man, I have wanted to raise chickens. I am finally there – well, starting on this adventure with Chan. I have, and continue to do extensive research online and off, in order to learn everything I can about these fine feathered friends.

In the upcoming months, we can share with you what we are doing, to expand our little chicken farm. We want to share what we learn along the way, that may help make your chicken adventure a bit better, too.

Stay tuned.

Paul & Chan