How important is showmanship???

Sonoran Silkies

Flock Mistress
11 Years
Jan 4, 2009
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It is a separate competition from exhibition, although it is related. Showmanship is divided into age groups, with expectations increasing with the group age range. The ones I have observed are very much a learning experience, not a final exam.
 

silkieluver_07

Songster
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Jan 31, 2008
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Yep, I've showed without doing the showmanship at my first show.
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7961

Songster
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Jun 12, 2009
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Showmanship is educational, but is not necessary to participate in order to show. When I was in 4-H (15ish yrs back) I never did poultry showmanship, wish I did though. My concentration was with rabbit showmanship.
 

enola

Crowing
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Jan 23, 2009
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Showmanship is a class at shows, usually 4-H, where the handler is judged instead of the chicken (or other animal).

There is a proper way to show any animal and participating in at least showmanship training sessions will teach you how to properly handle the animal during a class at the show.
 

joanie_maine

Songster
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Mar 6, 2008
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4-H is a great way to prepare a person to show livestock.

With us adults, we don't have to do "showmanship".

We coop our birds and hope for the best
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What counts for us is conditioning before the shows and learning how to groom birds for competition.
 

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