I entered two chickens in the fair - how should i prepare?

Discussion in 'Chickenstocks, Shows, Meet-Ups' started by edible_chicken, Jul 26, 2011.

  1. edible_chicken

    edible_chicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 15, 2011
    I entered two of our chickens in the darke county fair in greenville ohio on the 16th. And the time is approaching for it to begin. How should i prepare my chickens so they can tolerate being away from the coop and to keep them safe/healthy? I am mostly concerned preventing them acquiring a disease and infecting the flock. all chickens are tested to be disease-free, but i want to take my proper actions. thanks!
  2. jettgirl24

    jettgirl24 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 21, 2010
    Duvall, WA
    Awesome question - wish I could give input. I'm entering my first fair this year too so I'm curious what to expect and how to prepare so I hope someone comes along to help out with an answer!
  3. meepitqueenie

    meepitqueenie Gallo's Poultry Haven

    May 26, 2010
    in the adirondacks
    You will want to wash your chickens before fair time. there are some articles on the internet about this.
    but basically you want to make sure its a warm day out- not cold and windy. have a tub with warm water. to get them wet.
    a tub with soapy water. not too much soap. last year we used some johnsons baby shampoo. if you get too much soap on them, its hard to get it all out.
    and warm rinse water. then we dried them with a clean towel. and then we used a blow dryer on low setting to fluff them up.
    do this 3-4 days before the fair. make sure they have a clean pen to go back into. and then clean the dirty spots of the cage out dailey.
    because we have japanese and there wing feathers touch the ground. we try to just do touch ups on just the dirty spots of the wings or the birds before we take them to the fair.

    clean there toes, etc. old tooth brush is good for this. and try not to get there head too wet.

    all the birds that go to the fair are supposed to be healthy, but its difficult to know whos bird yours will be next to or how they handle the stress of 1000s of people and kids looking at them and poking and touching them, or the heat and weather extremes.

    Last year we took birds to the fair and when we took them home we quarantined them from the rest of the flock.
    a few got sick and we lost one. so this year i am going to give them all vitamin water before we send them to the fair. and maybe some medicated feed before hand.

    but not sure.

    there are a lot of variables. but just make sure your birds are clean and healthy before going. and don't put them straight in with your flock when they come back.

    also get them used to a smaller cage pen if you have one. they will be in a cage a fraction of what they are used to being in and that could be stressful for the birds as well.
    Last edited: Jul 26, 2011
  4. edible_chicken

    edible_chicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 15, 2011
    thank you very much for the information, meepitqueenie! very informative!
  5. Sugar Sand Farm

    Sugar Sand Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 24, 2007
    North Florida
    I want to add one thing to that list. To insure your birds safety take some poster board with you to use as dividers between the cages. Lat year our rooster lost because they put another rooster behind his cage and the two fought during the night. When we came in the next morning his comb was all cut up and there was blood all over the cage and water cup. The dividers will help with disease as well. I always take my own food and water as well.
  6. JulB

    JulB Out Of The Brooder

    May 17, 2011
    We entered 2 of our 3 into the fair that is next week. Now I'm concerned about the one left behind as well as the two going to the fair.

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