The Chicken Pool

Who operates the pool?

The pool is operated by a single person - Thibaut Rey, a software engineer based in France and currently specialising in Web Development and System Administration. Check out my profile on LinkedIn if you would like to learn more about my experience in tech.

What is your history with the Cardano project?

I first got interested in Cardano at the end of 2017. Since then I have continued to participate in the Cardano community, including helping out with the translation of a few sentences of text for the Yoroi wallet. When the Incentivized Testnet began I also created scripts to help myself and other pool operators maintain healthy nodes. I plan to develop a lot more of these in 2020. My main script on GitHub if you want to check that out.

What is the setup of your pool?

My pool is hosted on a dedicated server located in a data center near Paris. Here are the current specs (subject to change):

  • Intel i7 2.66 GHz (4 cores)
  • 16GB RAM
  • 2TB HDD
  • 100Mbps up and down
  • 3 separate power lines
  • 24/7 GTI technicians in house
  • SLA 99.9%

What are your plans for the future of your pool?

Even more reliability: I plan to upgrade my pool setup to provide redundancy. I already have a secondary server which is located in a different data center and am currently in the process of building software to automatically switch between the two in the event of failure.

More transparency over the pool's results: I'm currently aggregating the pool's performance in order to display them on the pool's website.

Tailored accounting: I plan to provide an automatic accounting tool that helps the users of the pool in reporting their taxes related to staking rewards.

Why should people delegate to your pool?

Security: The server is protected with firewalls and I use best practice (as of my knowledge) in order to secure its access.

Reliability: As of writing, The Chicken Pool has validated over 250 blocks and has an average annual ROI of 13.7% according to pooltool.io and over 17% according to adapools.org.

Support: I'm always happy to answer your questions or concerns. Feel free to chat with me directly on the website (little green bubble at the bottom). Or you can hit me up on telegram @thibautrey.

For more information about The Chicken Pool, go to thechickenpool.space.