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Discussion in 'Chickenstocks, Shows, Meet-Ups' started by hoosierchicken, Sep 10, 2008.
When do you generally get your chickens for a 4-h show in july? Thanks BG
Our fair is the second week of July. We normally order them early so that they are fully feathered or they will not be competitive. I think the earlier the better but we have to have ours by May 1st, that is our 4-H rules. I think we had all of ours in March.
My daughter bought hers in August this year so they will be barely under a year old by next year's July fair. (she is a thinker that one!) Then she can show her ones she showed this year as over a year old. That way she can maximize her trip and get to show as many birds as she can.
The poultry judge told us anything under 9 months is not fully feathered enough to judge properly. So that can give you a guideline! Of course the meat pen birds normally are ready for butcher by 6-8 weeks so use that for a judgement. Also in our case, we have our fair then 4 weeks later is the state fair for our meat birds we have to have 2 batches or the ones we show at county would be to large by state.