Beak Trim Before Show?

Discussion in 'Exhibition, Genetics, & Breeding to the Standard o' started by Emily D, Aug 3, 2014.

  1. Emily D

    Emily D Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a show in less than a week. My chickens have underbites much like the one below from being debeaked by a previous breeder.
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    They are 19 weeks old and they have trouble eating and drinking because of it. Will the judges at the show judge them down because of this? And if so, is there anything I can do to fix it?
     
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  2. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    What class are they entered in? In most breed classes, a judge will mark down a bird for having a beak trimmed like that (depending on how your fair is judged, they may be knocked down a place, may receive a pink ribbon, or may be disqualified). However, if they are being shown in an egg production class or "crossbred egg type/meat type hen" class, you may not have any problems.

    Unfortunately, there is nothing you can do about it now. Beak trimming like that is mostly permanent.
     
  3. Emily D

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    They do not tell what the chickens are being judged on. I am hoping they won't be disqualified! Thank you for your response :)
     
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  5. Emily D

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    It does not specify which class they are in, just how many chickens go in each pen and the gender they have to be. No other information is given. Sorry.
     
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  6. Emily D

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    Update: Apparently the beaks didn't matter. Judging was based on feather and bird condition, cleanliness, uniformity, and representation of breed. Three of the four pens that I brought received first place ribbons/trophies!!!
     
  7. 3riverschick

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    Hi Emily ! [​IMG] ,
    Wonderful news! Huge congrats! You should be very proud!
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    Best Success,
    Karen
     
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    Hi Karen :) Thanks! I am VERY proud of them[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
     

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