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How Many Birds to You take to a show?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by THough1956, Oct 29, 2009.

  1. THough1956

    THough1956 Chillin' With My Peeps

    After spending last evening washing and blow drying 5 Silkies for a show this Saturday, I was just wondering on average how many birds do you normally take to a show? It is really time consuming getting them ready.

    Also, if say, I take a lot of my best Silkies am I not just kind of competing against myself? Or are you hoping out of several the judge will have his preferences.
     
  2. Rosecomb-Ryan

    Rosecomb-Ryan East Indie Crazed

    Apr 12, 2008
    Sacramento CA
    Well at small shows me and my chicken partner show about 20-30 and large shows 40-60 birds. We wash them all. Usually a 3 day thing.
     
  3. THough1956

    THough1956 Chillin' With My Peeps

    WOW!!!!! That is alot of work!!
     
  4. Megs

    Megs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    my first show in years was a few months ago (since 4H when i was 7-9), i took 10 birds, 3 standard size and 7 bantams. took the better part of a day to bath/clean them all.
     
  5. GracefulBantams

    GracefulBantams Hatching and Showing

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    I have gone to 4 shows this year and have taken from 11 up to 30 birds... so it varies!
     
  6. Mrs. Turbo

    Mrs. Turbo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 26, 2009
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    every show we take more and more.....especially during the fall culling. 2 shows ago we won a cash prize for the most birds entered.....lol wake up call that we need to cut back.

    Silkies have a lot more work getting ready for a show than the other birds do.
     
  7. Pathfinders

    Pathfinders Overrun With Chickens

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    Mrs. Turbo :

    Silkies have a lot more work getting ready for a show than the other birds do.

    And now you know part of why I sold you the last of my Silkies!

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    But really, Silkies do take more work. How are they doing, btw?

    We show both large fowl and bantams, and generally take more bantams. We usually wash everything we take (although I will admit to sometimes just grabbing up a LF or two and putting them in a crate.)

    The most I ever washing in one day was (I think 12 or 14.) We also will do assembly line washing. I can wash two birds while the girls dry one each. Gets them done much faster that way. It's all a matter of how many crates I have to put them in to finish drying.

    Generally, we take about 25-40 birds to shows. That's sort of critical mass for the truck.​
     
  8. rarebreedeggs4u

    rarebreedeggs4u Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:And now you know part of why I sold you the last of my Silkies!

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    But really, Silkies do take more work. How are they doing, btw?

    We show both large fowl and bantams, and generally take more bantams. We usually wash everything we take (although I will admit to sometimes just grabbing up a LF or two and putting them in a crate.)

    The most I ever washing in one day was (I think 12 or 14.) We also will do assembly line washing. I can wash two birds while the girls dry one each. Gets them done much faster that way. It's all a matter of how many crates I have to put them in to finish drying.

    Generally, we take about 25-40 birds to shows. That's sort of critical mass for the truck.

    I'm visualizing a whole new use for my retired 6' x 12' fiberglass cargo trailer I used to use when I was showing less than 10 minis at a time....It would make an awesome trailer for hauling birds! My husband needs to be afraid, very afraid~LOL
     
  9. Majestic Lane Poultry

    Majestic Lane Poultry Heart Strings Animal Rehoming

    Feb 9, 2009
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  10. rarebreedeggs4u

    rarebreedeggs4u Chillin' With My Peeps

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    LOL, he was only around us for one year of showing horses before I retired. I was showing up to 20 halter horses (minis) at a time them. My last year I was almost 9 months pregnant at Nationals. I had a friend take them home to condition and I paid someone to body clip them at Nationals, but I was still bathing and grooming horses to hand off to begged for friends/handlers. It was a sight to see since I was HUGE. Showing chickens just sounds FUN and much less hectic, since once they are there and in their cages you're kind of done...aren't you....? [​IMG]
     
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