In December I had a lot of problems with snow and predators. But I took a trio of Welsummers to a show and they won all kinds of stuff. Best Trio, Champion Large Fowl and Champion Continental. Well, after the show the dreaded raccoon attacked killing my Wellie roo and injuring my champion hens.
The hens seemed to recover with some treatment and I thought all was fine. The other day I took the hens out to see what was needed to get the ready for the next show coming up next month. My champion large fowl has a huge bald spot under some of her outer feathers that never grew back after the attack. I had treated her injury and puncture wounds, but thought for sure the feathers would grow back. They didn't. My champion Continental looked fine except her beak was over grown. I thought that was odd so I got her to help fix that problem only to find that half of her lower beak was missing.
I do have 6 pullets out of these hens that are almost 2 months old, so maybe they will be as good as their parents and be able to be shown in the summer. I can only hope.
I guess I will be taking bantams and ducks only to the show next month. I wish my wellies were in better shape. I know I could win something at least with them.