Choosing Showbird help Please!

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Elena712, Oct 13, 2010.

  1. Elena712

    Elena712 Out Of The Brooder

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    Ok, Im in FFA at my school and got First Grabs at raising Chickies for The Youth Fair! I'm so exited, Im already raising A meat roo (Not gonna eat him. . . ) His name is Buster (After Daddy Chester at school) I'm deciding the other three birds im going to raise! I like this combo so far

    Cochin
    Polish
    Mille Fleur

    Or. . .

    Cochin
    Silkie
    Araucana

    Please help choose!
     
  2. ThePolishPrincess

    ThePolishPrincess Chillin' With My Peeps

    Question is, are you planning to buy from a hatchery or breeder?
     
  3. Elena712

    Elena712 Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:Hatchery, Thats where the Agriscience teacher gets all her student's showbirds
     
  4. ThePolishPrincess

    ThePolishPrincess Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hmm...well, things change in which case.

    Because we're talking about a small fair, I guess hatchery birds would do. Bear in mind that 'Araucanas' are really Easter Eggers when they come from hatcheries. And Easter Eggers are all mixes, which you should try to stay away from when you're showing. Hatchery Cochins lack alot of valued qualities that are found on highly bred Cochins. I think Polish might be safe but I'd stick with plain colors (white, blue, black, maybe splash), because hatchery breeding can prove sloppy with fancy varieties (in the case of Polish, laced). I'd stay away from any hatchery Silkies but that's just me. I prefer the poofy breeder kind.

    Honestly, if this is just a small fair, I don't think you'll be very penalized (sp?) for having any of them. It's all personal preferance. I'm sorry for the negativity, I just want to point out. [​IMG] The more you know about the birds you plan to get, the better you'll do when showing time comes.
     
  5. josh44

    josh44 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    As a breeder of polish, I will say they are high matinence & I would not recomend them for a beginer.

    I would say do more research on all breeds, & wchoose which one really catches your interest.

    try looking in www.feathersite.com for more poultry breed info. [​IMG]

    Good Luck [​IMG]

    Have you considered speckled sussex ?

    Their colors are very attractive, & they are dual purpose breed / eggs & meat.
     
  6. Elena712

    Elena712 Out Of The Brooder

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    Ok, Maybe Polish next year, Im now considering Mille Fleur , Cochin , and Silkies in my choice
     
  7. V Comb

    V Comb Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mille Fleur is a colour, not a breed [​IMG] Hatcheries are too dumb not to notice. They are called d'Uccles
     
  8. punky rooster

    punky rooster Awesome

    Jul 21, 2010
    your best of getting from a breeder look in the breeders and hatcheris section for some
    trust me they will do better!
    good luck!
     
  9. Elena712

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    Quote:I know, I was jut tired, Im at school right now and cant think straight X_X . I might now consider 4 to 5 chickens now because only 3 people (Including myself) have voulenteered so far [​IMG] The main birds I shall choose right now are Silkies, Cochins, and D'uccles [​IMG] and maybe another bird I know alot about [​IMG] And I will be thinking about Japanese Bantams
     

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