this is the first year I went to the Farm Show with any idea about the poultry I was looking at. It was great, on the one hand, and all the cages were super clean and nice, but I noticed some bad stuff too. Like, frostbite on some of the combs (some pretty bad), a few of the chickens looked sick, one had cloudy eyes and a runny nose. Also, it seemed like it would be really hard on the birds to be in such a crowded place for so many days (a week). Wouldn't it be confusing and noisy for the birds to be in such close proximity to several hundred other birds? I don't think I would put my own chickens through that experience because I'd be afraid they'd get stressed out and sick or something. Even though there were signs up "not to touch or tease the chickens", kids were occasionally poking at the cages and yelling at the birds, and there were hundreds of people walking by talking loudly etc. Also I felt really sorry for the heritage turkeys since they were the biggest birds confined to such a small space. My free-range turkeys would have been really upset confined to a small cage for a week. Since I've had zero showing experience, I just wanted to find out what the rest of your thoughts were on this.