Getting Ready for Chicken-Showing.

Discussion in 'Chickenstocks, Shows, Meet-Ups' started by SeramaSweetie, Jan 13, 2009.

  1. SeramaSweetie

    SeramaSweetie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hey there BYCers! [​IMG]
    As you may know, there is a show in Jacksonville, GA this Saturday, and I was wondering, what is there that you need to get ready for a show for? I was thinking about entering some chickens in the show, and I'd like to know what I need and how to do some stuff. This is my first time going to a chicken show so.... [​IMG] This could also be a good informational forum for chicken-show newbies like me. [​IMG]


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    -Never take a dirty bird to a show. Completely bath and dry your birds, clip and file beaks and nails....make them look as good as they can.

    Birds are easier to bathe than dogs....it's a breeze.

    -Know your deadlines/entry dates.

    - You need to enter a week or more in advance of the show. But go to one and see what they're like if you can. Most people there are very helpful and encouraging. They will talk your ear off if you let them! They want to encourage everyone.
    Some shows are very laid back, but some are very wild. You may even see Grown men with chamois cloths buffing up their birds before the judging starts. And many people brush their silkies with hair brushes. It is very interesting.
    If your chickens stay pretty clean, You don't have to bathe them. But if you do, You should bathe them a couple of days before the show so they have time to fully fluff out again. You could probably use a small amount of cat shampoo. Baby shampoo works really well too. You probably want to keep them in a cleaner area until show time.
    Give yourself plenty of extra time when you take your birds to be cooped. There may be people ahead of you getting their testing done. Be aware they will have to draw some blood to do the testing, so the chickers may not be happy about that! And you may get messy as you hold them afterwards.
    Its difficult testing silkies because it's so hard to find a vein.
    Have a dog crate or seperate area to hold your chickens for a few days/week after the show to make sure they didn't pick up an ailment. People stick their fingers into cages to touch many birds as they travel down each aisle.
    Make sure to take very good care of feeding & watering the birds. Watch out for roosters, and if they fight with the dude in the cage next door let the show folks know. They can put cardboard in between to keep them from trashing themselves against the cage wall.

    -If your chickens were tested recently then bring your papers for the next show, As long as it is within 6 months.
    You can use a damp cloth to wipe their feet when they're really dirty, but that's what some people do.

    -U can use the cheapest shampoo and conditioner for humans (like Suave) or anything else. Last time, you can even use Flea and Tick shampoo for dogs/cats to help in case your babies have mites/lice.
    Use 3 tubs of lukewarm water. One for shampooing, one for condition, and one for a final rinse. Put a capful of vinegar in that final tub to cut any shampoo/conditioner residue off the feathers.
    You should probably keep them in pet carrying cages afterward and turn the hair dryer on them on warm until they are dry. Keep them in a warm, dry area indoors until showtime.
    Use an ordinary fingernail file to clip nails and beaks and file with a nail file.


    Advice Contributed by: wyldehorses, dixiechick, and wegotchickens.



    Thanks!

    -SeramaSweetie (Cheyenne)
     
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  2. wyldehorses

    wyldehorses Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There's a good chance that the entry deadline for this show has already passed. That's probably the most important thing to showing.

    Know what the deadlines are.
    If it isn't too late, are there any special healh testing requirements?
    Are your chickens used to being handled?
    Are they in good condition?
    Are you ready to make lots of new friends and have a great time?

    Find out who is the show secretary, and ask them about deadlines and health testing requirements. The secretaries are usually very friendly, and eager to help!

    Yolonda
     
  3. SeramaSweetie

    SeramaSweetie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh yeah. Forgot about that. Haha. Guess I won't be entering my chicken.. [​IMG] Great Advice!
     
  4. wyldehorses

    wyldehorses Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My first show, I managed to enter my birds on time, but that was about it. When I read the requirements the day before, and saw testing, I called and luckily they did it on the grounds. And unfortunately, one of my birds attacked the judge, and was crowned meanest chicken. ( A title previously held by the same chicken for 3 years running!) But I met the most amazing, friendly, and helpful people.

    Yolonda
     
  5. dixiechick

    dixiechick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Also, never take a dirty bird to a show. Completely bath and dry your birds, clip and file beaks and nails....make them look as good as they can.

    Birds are easier to bathe than dogs....it's a breeze.

    Good Luck!
     
  6. Blisskat

    Blisskat Out Of The Brooder

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    What kind of shampoo/soap do you use on the bird?
    Do you keep it in a small cage after bathing so it won't get dirty again before the show?
    And, what kind of file do you use to file a beak?

    I'm interested in showing, but I know it will be sometime in the not-near future.
     
  7. wegotchickens

    wegotchickens DownSouth D'Uccles & Silkies

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    We've done 2 shows so far. Yes, you need to enter a week or more in advance of the show. But go to one and see what they're like if you can. All the folks I've met are very helpful and encouraging. They will talk your ear off if you let them! They want to encourage everyone.

    The first show we entered was pretty laid-back, the second was wild. Grown men with chamois cloths buffing up their birds before the judging started. And many people brushing their silkies with hair brushes. I was amazed!

    My chickens stay pretty clean, so we didn't bathe ours. But if you do, I've heard you should bathe them a couple of days before the show so they have time to fully fluff out again. We used a small amount of cat shampoo the only time we bathed a chicken (not show related) You probably want to keep them in a cleaner area until show time.

    Give yourself plenty of extra time when you take your birds to be cooped. There may be people ahead of you getting their testing done. Be aware they will have to draw some blood to do the testing, so the chickers may not be happy about that! And you may get messy as you hold them afterwards.
    Our test guy said he hates testing silkies because it's so hard to find a vein.

    Have a dog crate or seperate area to hold your chickens for a few days/week after the show to make sure they didn't pick up an ailment. People stick their fingers into cages to touch many birds as they travel down each aisle.

    People at the shows I've been to take very good care of feeding & watering the birds. Watch out for roosters, and if they fight with the dude in the cage next door let the show folks know. They can put cardboard in between to keep them from trashing themselves against the cage wall.
     
  8. SeramaSweetie

    SeramaSweetie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:We've had all of our birds tested just recently. Should we bring our NPIP certificate?

    Also, is there a way you can clean their feet? I've heard of like putting vasoline on their feet, but I want to be safe if I do and know what I'm doing.
     
  9. wegotchickens

    wegotchickens DownSouth D'Uccles & Silkies

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    Yes, if they were tested recently then bring your papers for the next show. We only had to have ours tested for the first show. As long as it is within 6 months.

    We let ours free-range on the grass the afternoon before we go and it seems to clean their feet right up. Then we keep them in a dog crate with plenty of shavings.

    I've used a damp cloth to wipe their feet when they're really dirty, but nothing else. I'd rather they be natural, though, with no other 'tricks' for the judges. And my birds all won 1st or 2nd place for their breed & age group in both shows.
     
  10. dixiechick

    dixiechick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:Use can use the cheapest shampoo and conditioner for humans (like Suave) or anything else. Last time, I used Flea and Tick shampoo for dogs/cats to help in case they had mites/lice.

    Use 3 tubs of lukewarm water. One for shampooing, one for condition, and one for a final rinse. Put a capful of vinegar in that final tub to cut any shampoo/conditioner residue off the feathers.

    I do keep them in pet carrying cages afterward and turn the hair dryer on them on warm until they are dry. I keep them inside those cages inside the house or garage until show time.

    Use an ordinary fingernail file to clip nails and beaks and file with a nail file.
     

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