How young of a chicken can you take to a show?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by maus, May 14, 2009.

  1. maus

    maus Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a 10 week old pullet I was hoping to take to a show at the end of the month. She is 10 weeks old now and fully feathered, but still isnt quite clucking. Her voice is still changing. Is it ok to take a chicken that young to a show or is that some kind of instant disqualification? (Im new to showing, obviously, lol)
     
  2. NYREDS

    NYREDS Overrun With Chickens

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    She's too young. She is fully feathered but it's juvenille plumage-she has another molt to go before she in adult plumage. Also, at 10 weeks, she's way too small. A bird that doesn't display proper breed characteristics is disqualified & weight is a disqualifying breed characteristic. 20% over or under standard weight is a disqualification.
     
  3. preppy*hippie*chick

    preppy*hippie*chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    At what age does this next molt occur?
     
  4. Three Cedars Silkies

    Three Cedars Silkies Overrun With Chickens

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    Best advice will come from a judge!! [​IMG]

    I took a 6 month old cochin cockerel to the national ABA show because I wanted an opinion from the judges...not expecting to place. I was given great information about the birds and told to wait a few more months before entering again.

    I wouldn't take anything before 6-8 months.
     
  5. maus

    maus Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ah. Thank you so much everyone. That is great to know! [​IMG] I guess I will be going to look and buy some birds instead of taking one. I thought she may be too young. Thank you again.
     

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