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A question about entering Isa Brown hens at my local show

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by username taken, Jan 31, 2009.

  1. username taken

    username taken Songster

    Jan 31, 2009
    Hi everyone, I'm new here. I am from Australia and I raise goats - angoras, boers, crossbred commercial meat goats, harness goats, saanens and british alpines. If you cant tell, I love my goats! I also raise LOTS of orphaned lambs each year, all the local sheep farmers here just bring their orphans to me. They will start arriving in May and go through till December lol

    I dont know all that much about chickens, but I have a couple of Isa Brown hens, 7 weeks old. I'm very into self sufficiency which is why the two hens came to live here. I know about the nutrition requirements, plus health regimens etc. but the bit I dont know is the technical terms for the different breeds and such.

    I wanted to enter them at my local show, just for a bit of fun. Question is, where do I enter them?

    The schedule is as follows:

    Soft feather Large:

    New Hampshire
    Plymoth Rock
    Rhode Island
    AOV S/F large

    Soft feather bantam

    Leghorn, white
    Leghorn, aoc
    Pekin, black
    Pekin, aoc
    Wyandotte, white
    Wyandotte, aoc
    AOV S/F bantam

    Hard feather large

    Australian Game
    Indian Game, dk
    Indiam Game, aoc
    Modern Game
    OEG, black-red
    OEG, duckwing
    OEG, aoc
    Pit Game
    AOV H/F large

    Hard feather bantam

    Australian Game
    Indian game, dk
    Indian Game aoc
    Modern Game
    OEG, black-red dl
    OEG, black-red ll
    OEG, wheaten
    OEG, blue-red
    OEG, brown-red
    OEG, duck-wing
    OEG, ginger
    OEG, spangle
    OEG, aoc
    Pit Game
    AOV H/F bantam

    Then there is a section for breed pairs, waterfowl and a junior section.

    So what do they mean by hard and soft feather, I know nothing so sorry for the dumb questions, I am thinking that Isa Brown is a soft feather and that i would have to enter in the AOV class. Also, I think they would be large, not bantam.

    Is that right?

    As I said, I know squat about chicken breeds.
  2. Carolina Chicken Man

    Carolina Chicken Man Songster

    Mar 29, 2008
    Raleigh, NC
    ISA Browns are a hybrid, bred specifically as a egg layer.

    I'm not sure what breeds are crossed to produce them.

    Not sure about the soft vs hard feather, but they are not a bantam, so I guess large.

    Does AOV mean "all other varieties"?
  3. Carolina Chicken Man

    Carolina Chicken Man Songster

    Mar 29, 2008
    Raleigh, NC
    I just wikipedia'd them.
    It is a cross between a rhode island red and rhode island white
  4. nzpouter

    nzpouter Songster

    Jan 19, 2009
    new zealand
    Doubt you can... they're the same as what we call brown shavers in nz... mongrels.

    The AOV class is for any other recognised standard breed not mention in the list like your brahma, frizzle, etc....
  5. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Depends. You'll have to ask your local show.

    Big types or "real" probably won't take them.

    If it's something like 4-H or FFA in the US (youth programs), where showman ship and such is graded and it part of a school type project or county fair, then would be fine.
  6. blackdotte

    blackdotte Songster

    Nov 18, 2008
    You can not enter hybrid layers in Poultry Club Shows. Neither can you enter them in Agricultural Shows unless there is a Utility or Production Class, which most don't have.
    Isa Browns are designed to only live 2 or 3 years at the most, when they die you might consider a pure breed,
  7. HorseFeathers

    HorseFeathers Frazzled

    Apr 2, 2008
    Southern Maine
    [​IMG] You have a cool username LOL
  8. crazyhen

    crazyhen Crowing

    Aug 26, 2008
    mtns of ,NC.
    I saw in practical poultry magazine that they are thinking about this and what the standards should be. Some are really pretty birds. Jean
  9. username taken

    username taken Songster

    Jan 31, 2009
    Hey thanks everyone [​IMG]

    Wow, so much activity on the chicken boards! I'm gone for two days and I have to search to find this post lol

    In all honesty, I just bought what was available at an open day at my feed store ... didnt research breeds or anything like that. I like em though, they are funny little guys and Jean, you are right they are very pretty. I have to admit I picked the pretty ones (how come there's not blushing embarresed smiley on these boards?) my two have heaps of white and speckles on their rumps.

    I've been googling and reading up about this breed/crossbreed. Hopefully I get more than a couple years out of them.

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