Well, we're back! There's no way I can catch up with you all-- but I did find Josie's goose story horrifying! I'd have grabbed my gun and went after it. Actually, I would have done exactly what you did first... and then I'd be sitting up nights or early mornings waiting for him to come back...
Danz-- you'll NEVER guess who I saw up at the show today!?!?!?! LOL!! Okay, you might, since they live nearby. I saw Darin and Duck!!! Got to meet them face to face and it was so incredibly cool to meet BYC people up there! They were up there buying... ducks! (of course!) hehe! Anyway, the guy that brought them down for them had the coolest looking transport cages I've ever seen! I took a picture and I'll post it later. BUt I'm totally going to build myself a couple of those cages! Seriously cool!! Everyone there was looking at those cages.
Okay, so we did well. My oldest did Showmanship for the first time ever. They did a couple of practice run thru's with him before it was his turn. The poultry leader there was super nice! I totally loved her! And a couple of other parents helped him and pointed out some tips with showmanship before it was his turn. Anyway, after it was all said and done, he did great, but he forgot to take his bird out of the cage HEAD FIRST-- so he got disqualified. The judge told the leader that he was hands down the best one there and if hadn't been for that, he'd have won first place for his age. Not that he had all the holding and stuff down-- but he was so impressed with his knowledge of the silkies and the parts on the body-- he named all the wing feathers, and body feathers (hackle, saddle, crest, primary, secondary, etc, etc...) Anyway, the judge thought he was going to trip my son up and asked him who brought silkies over to the "new world" and my boy responded back quickly, Marco Polo in the 13th Century! LOL Proud, I am. (Yoda's voice) We've been doing chicken flash cards for a while now to practice for it.
Our silkies did well, too. He said our cockerel only had a couple of faults and they were minor. Despite his comb being the perfect shade of mulberry and the right shape-- his wattles were a bit too red under the beard. He also said that his crest is a bit irregular, but it's not that big of a deal-- just would like more of a rounder shape to it. Our pullet did the best! She won first place in her breed and then she made it to the next round. It was down to 4 birds fir best of class (bantam) and then it was down to two-- mine and this beautiful black bantam cochin and they won it. The judge came back and told my son he'd have won grand champion but that our pullet's crest just needed to be a tiny bit bigger-- he said, not by much. He said maybe after her first molt, it might be there. (maybe not-- but he was patting my son on the back and telling him we had some of the best birds there) A LF Buff Orpington won Reserve.