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

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

  1. Dominique101

    Dominique101 New Egg

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    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 Overrun With Chickens

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    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]
     
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  3. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    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

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  5. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

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    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 Overrun With Chickens

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  7. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC!
     
  8. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!
     
  9. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    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

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    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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