Originally Posted by mama2my4
No, this would be our first show, so clueless here....
Welcome to showing!!
Things absolutely needed to enter show-
1; Blood test your birds. This is required to prevent the possible spread of Avian Influenza and Pollorum. It is recommended to send a copy of the testing along with your entry, but if you can't make it by then, bringing it to coop in should be fine! If you've never tested your flock or you're not a certified tester, find a local poultry technician to test for you
2; Fill out and entry form/Pay entry fees. If you have any questions for filling these out, feel free to ask away!
Show info is easily available here-
You must have your birds cooped in by 9 am on Saturday!!
Things recommended for entering the show-
1; Wash your birds! This can make all the difference in the end! Clean birds are winning birds. Also, touching up combs and wattles with baby oil or petroleum jelly makes them seems brighter and healthier. Don't forget to file down beaks and nails after bathing
2; Spray your birds! It's absolutely unbelievable the amount of external parasite problems picked up at even the little local shows! Spraying birds down lightly with something that will kill and prevent mites and lice will save you the trouble of dealing with infestation at a later date.
3; If you haven't already, Obtain a Standard of Perfection. This book is the poultry showman's creed! It's HIGHLY helpful!
What is showmanship?
Showmanship is probably one of the most intimidating thing known to man!
Competators dress up a bit, grab their trusty feathered companions, and appear before a judge. The judge, usually an APA poulty judge, proceeds to ask you questions, inquire about your bird, and generally test your knowledge and confidence as a showman. You are then placed according to your performance. The breed/type of poultry does not matter. You can still compete with your one-winged, one-eyed 15 year old mutt chicken for all the judge cares. As long as you have a basic concept as to the origin of your bird, the judge can work with that. Before you participate in showmanship, do heavy research on the bird you are using! It's highly possible he or she WILL ask breed/species related questions according to your specific bird! After researching your bird, general knowledge is what he's looking for. Mostly basic stuff for the younger crowd. What us your birds name, what breed is it, what variety is it, where does the breed come from, what class is it in, what is another breed in your class, etc. He may also ask questions that are Feed related, Incubation related, Basic diseases and parasites, just basic poultry stuff
Googling "first year showmanship questions" and printing off a couple lists might help cover what he may ask. Best of luck! I'll probably be entering showmanship too, but I'll probably be stuck in the super challenging senior class