Need Advice...New at this chicken thing.

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Shawnalea3xp2, Nov 13, 2010.

  1. Shawnalea3xp2

    Shawnalea3xp2 Hatching

    Nov 13, 2010
    We have purchased my 6 year daughter 4 chickens of different breeds to begin showing them at our county fair next August. We are having a problem keeping them in their coop. They fly onto the top of their hutch & over the fence. Our first thought was to maybe trim a few feathers so they couldn't fly. My concern is.....Is this something that you can do to a show chicken? Will the feathers grow back or will her birds be marked down by judges for having trimmed the wings? Also, any advice anyone has regarding showing chickens for youth would be helpful.
    Thank You,
    Last edited: Nov 13, 2010
  2. I don't show birds but I am pretty sure they would be marked off for that. My advice for them getting out is to cover the run. I used the 2 inch wire on mine. It is tedious but worth it. Will also keep out hawks which are a very real threat for birds. Good lick with showing.
  3. Tanichca

    Tanichca Sparkle Magnet

    May 6, 2009
    Vail, Arizona
    first of all [​IMG]
    Second of all, i would cover the run anyway, not only to keep out predators, and also to keep the birds where they belong.
    Thirdly, I am a junior 4H showwoman, My biggest advice is..... STUDY. I have friends who forgot to study the minutiae that the judges asked, and went away from the table in tears. I myself got marked down for not knowing about types of turkeys during showmanship trivia. Practice with the birds every day, and hold them often, to get them used to you.
    Hope this helps [​IMG]
  4. mgw

    mgw Songster

    May 29, 2010
    Eastern Wa.
    Quote:x2 good advice there.
    also Welcome, from Eastern Wa.
    Last edited: Nov 14, 2010

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