Between meeting the girls, the hot rods and racing... I don't know how you find time for all those chickens or judging. Much less helping us newbies. lol
One thing I've been thinking about. I'll use myself as an example. It's been mentioned abut people buying birds, shipping them across the country and entering them in shows. I guess I'm odd and old fashioned, but where is the honor in that? If I entered the adult birds I have now and won... What have I won exactly? I didn't choose the parents, I wasn't the breeder. I would just feel like I had bought good stock, not that I was doing anything right myself. The bragging rights in my mind would go to the breeder and then a bit to Junior for doing a good job growing them out for me.
Now once a few generations pass, with ME picking the birds to pair up, culling to improve the breed, raising them, getting them finished and ready for the show... Yeah, then I'LL feel like I'm doing something right if I place or win something.
Just wondered what your thoughts were on that?
It is done more than I would like to see. Most of the time the shipping box is right under the coop where anyone could see it. I don't see any joy in doing that, but I suppose it is an ego thing. The thing is everyone knows the bird was a bought bird. The world of exhibition poultry is really small when it comes to that kind of info. The joy for me is to get my birds so good that no one can buy a bird to beat me....I find they only try twice. those kind of people don't stay in the hobby long as a rule. There are some exceptions. If it makes your ego feel good and you don't need a sense of accomplishment.that is what they do. and...they don't even thank you in plblic. If I sell a bird to that type now and I have, they are going to pay me enough money that they can say anything they want about the bird and I would have maybe even given it to someone else.. I just won the Cali state fair best of show with a leghorn that I'm giving to a kid.