Well...I took a lot of pics, saw a lot of really pretty birds, a lot of really tiny and cute birds, and a few really strange looking birds. Mine were the only White Rocks at the show, though there were some BRs there...it was kind of rinky dink in that way. Even then they didn't get much attention from the judges...they barely even held them for 10 seconds, if that. The cockerel got Reserve Variety, the pullet Reserve in Breed, Best in Variety...not much of a big thing when they were the only two. This was largely a bantam and feather legged show.
I learned some valuable lessons, but not much about chickens, I'm afraid. I can honestly say I didn't enjoy the experience at all, but I did learn something about a few integral things...mostly things I already knew, but the experience confirmed it.
There were some mighty fine bantam RIRs there....if they had been standard, I'd have been drooling over those cages, for sure. Saw a few HUGE Langshans....personally, I think they should have been cooped next to the miniature ones, just for the fun of seeing them side by side. Saw some very HUGE Cochins and Wyandottes...mostly feathering, maybe? But big...very big.
The birds didn't have a good time and neither did I, so I'm thinking that will be my first and last of showing.
I didn't even barely get cooped when some guy was hounding me about the birds, though...wanted to know if I was selling, when I would have chicks, kept pressing me as to when I may have chicks for selling, etc. I wasn't interested in selling to him, even if I had plenty of stock to sell.
Another fella came along, from northern OH, and was the same way....even gave me a business card, wanted me to call him when I had something to sell. I still wasn't interested. Said he had heard of Bob Blosl, but he didn't act like he was a fan. Raised all kinds of birds, from the details on his business card. After a short conversation, I could tell I didn't want him raising any of mine, though.
I'll try to get those pics downloaded soon to an album so y'all can look at all the different breeds I managed to snap a pic of...usually those I thought were pretty, interesting or different. I'll also show you what birds actually won in my breed and see what you think.