How do you know if your chicken is awesome?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by artsy1, Sep 14, 2011.

  1. artsy1

    artsy1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 5, 2011
    I would like to find out if my chicken will be great enough to show.
    How do you find out this info?
    She is just 1 week old and it is a fluke that she looks so awesome, bought them as a group from a hatchery.
  2. Oregon Blues

    Oregon Blues Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 14, 2011
    Central Oregon
    Aren't all chickens awesome?

    To find out if your chicken is exhibition quality, you wait until the adult feathers are in and then you compare your bird to the written description of that breed in The Standard of Perfection. You also have to read the sections of general conformation and disqualifications and look at how the point system is set up.

    Then, I suggest that you take a close look at birds of your breed that are actually winning.
  3. stoopid

    stoopid Chicken Fairy Godmother

    Aug 3, 2011
    Long Island, NY
    Oh, and don't forget, you have to post a pic of her at least weekly, so we can watch her grow up, and ooh, and aah, and there is always a breed thread, so you have to post twice...
    You know I'm getting a little crazy here today...
    But seriously, got through all the threads, what breed is she? It's amazing what is in here...
  4. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

    Oct 19, 2009
    Forks, WA
    As stated by everyone else.

    Just another tip though - Hatchery birds, most of the time, do not show well except at local fairs or 4-H.

    Non-hatchery chickens often show well though.
  5. yankeedoodle300

    yankeedoodle300 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 22, 2011
    Chicken Heaven
    Quote:Right, O Blues
  6. sjarvis00

    sjarvis00 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 4, 2009
    Shawnee, OKlahoma
    Quote:Regardless of source of the bird, allow it to fully mature and reach final adult feather, size and condition. Read and understand the APA / ABA standard that applies to the breed for body size and type feather type and quality. Then Read and understand the variety color standard for that bird. If it meets the criteria displayed in the breed type standrd and teh variety color standard you may have something worthy of being seen if not you have a chciken for around the house.
  7. artsy1

    artsy1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 5, 2011
    Thanks so much for all the info. I do love all my chicks, and I will try to post a picture or 2.

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