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Newbie advice for getting involved in showing?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by thecreekhouse, Apr 17, 2016.

  1. thecreekhouse

    thecreekhouse Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 26, 2015
    East Tennessee
    My children would like to get involved in showing their hens. However I have no idea how to get started with that. It all looks intimidating and confusing. Do you have any advice to offer or online resources to suggest for a total newbie to learn what she needs to get involved with showing?
  2. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

    Mar 9, 2014
    Are they wanting to become active/show through programs such as 4-H or are they wanting to show in organized poultry specific shows?
  3. thecreekhouse

    thecreekhouse Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 26, 2015
    East Tennessee
    I think we'd like to get started in whatever way experienced poultry showers recommend.
  4. Egghead_Jr

    Egghead_Jr Overrun With Chickens

    Oct 16, 2010
    NEK, VT
    4 H and local fairs is a good place to start. In my area there is not a lot of focus on breed standards but there are still poultry shows at the fairs. National shows are a different ball game. Same deal with conditioning birds to cages and being handled but the quality of birds is to breed standards. So local fairs is a great place to start, learn to condition birds and see if they like showing where it's only a short drive away. If there is interest then locating good stock and breeding would be the next step. Longer drives to national shows and much larger events with high focus on breeding.

    There is a lot to learn with breeding birds. It's more than collecting eggs from the flock and hatching them. Decisions of what birds to use are made, evaluations of birds is a learned ability. Breeding pen(s) are used so only those birds selected for mating are used, single mating or trio is really focusing on traits and some choose best cock bird and best 4 or 6 hens to put together. It's all on how focused you are in breeding or what traits your trying to correct, etc. This is the largest part to it. Learning to breed to standard and evaluating birds. Choices made for matings.
    Last edited: Apr 18, 2016

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