New to showing chickens just need a little help! :)

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Dominique101, Feb 1, 2015.

  1. Dominique101

    Dominique101 Hatching

    Feb 1, 2015
    Me and my grandma are going to go buy some chickens I'm in FFA and I want to show either a dominique or a rhode island red. But I've done some research on how to bathe a chicken I'm good with that but with filling out the entry forms seem really hard and when the judge comes around to look at my chicken what do I do. Also do I need any identification tags on her leg (I'm showing a hen). I've never shown any animal I just need a little help on what I need to do and all. Thanks!
  2. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    [​IMG] I'm glad you joined us!

    What entry form do you need to fill out? Perhaps posting a photo or link would help us know what you're dealing with. Entry forms vary depending on the show, and I can't really help unless I know exactly what form you're using.

    As for what to do when the judge comes around to your chicken, are you showing at a small show/county fair, or a larger open poultry show? At many (not all) county fairs, you have to bring your chicken up to a row of cages for judging. Put the bird in a cage and stand behind the cage. The judge will examine your bird, compare it to other birds in the class, place it, and move on. If the judge needs you to do something, he should ask.

    At other shows, you leave your bird in a cage where it is staying. The cages are usually grouped according to breed, variety, and class. At shows like those, you don't have to do anything at all during judging. You can stand nearby and watch the judge place the birds, or leave and come back later to see how your bird did.

    Regarding identification, that varies, too. If your entry form requires a bird identification number, then yes, you will need to get a numbered leg band for your hen's leg. If the entry form doesn't require a bird identification number, then you don't have to get a leg band. Leg bands can be helpful, though, even if they aren't required, since it helps prevent your bird from getting mixed up with other similar looking birds.

    If you have any other questions, please feel free to ask. I hope I've helped.[​IMG]
    Last edited: Feb 1, 2015
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  3. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    Sorry I don't know anything about showing birds. But BantamLover has given you some great advice!!

    Good luck in the show circuit and we do welcome you to our flock!
  4. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

    Apr 23, 2014
    My Coop
  5. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2014
    Yorkshire, UK
    My Coop
    Hi :welcome
    Glad you could join the flock! I too don't show my birds so can't be of help but BantamLover has given you great advice. Wishing you the very best of luck with showing your hen.

    Enjoy BYC, I am sure you will :frow
  6. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
  7. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC!
  8. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!
  9. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Welcome to BYC - I've shown dogs but not chickens - so I am not able to offer advice. You may want to put "Showing Chickens " in the search box and see if any threads pop up.
  10. ChickyChickens

    ChickyChickens Chickening Around

    May 24, 2014
    BYC? Epic <3
    My Coop

    Welcome to BYC!!! There are loads of members on here…so if you have ANY questions…just ASK!!!

    Hope you have loads of fun and all your answers answered here on BYC the BEST CHICKEN KEEPING FORUM on EARTH!!


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