Questions about showing chickens and about show quality chickens.

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by fledgling, Jan 11, 2011.

  1. fledgling

    fledgling Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi there,

    I have never shown chickens before but I have three hens that I would love to get an opinion on. I also would love to get any thoughts as to preparing them for a show. We had to replace our laying hens last year so we ordered six different breeds from My Pet Chicken. Any answers are greatly appreciated. If there is another, similar, thread, please forgive me for not finding it.

    -My three possible show hens are a Sussex, a Delaware, and a Blue Andalusian. (I also have a Welsummer, an Australorp and two Easter Eggers but I am not sure they would stand out as much at the fair). I will provide pictures once the sun comes out this afternoon (we are chilly and overcast right now).

    -Do you think they would be eligible to be shown at our local fair (Clay County) even though we ordered them from a big hatchery? Or do people usually purchase show chickens from private breeders?

    -They were vaccinated as day old chicks this past summer but what other vaccines do they need (our fair is in April)?

    -Are there any good books that can help me prepare them? I have no clue, for example, how one would bathe a chicken. I could trim their nails myself. Any other grooming that needs to be done?

    -The girls will be about nine months old, is this a good age to show them?

    -I am assuming I will need to quarantine them when I bring them home in case they pick up anything at the fair but are there preventive measures I can take? How long should I quarantine them?

    -Are plastic numbered bands good enough or do I need to put special bands on them to show them?

    -The show rules say that the birds will be tested for pullorum-typhoid before the fair starts unless they are from a certified pullorum-typhoid free hatchery. Is this something I can get from the hatchery if I contact them?

    -They also need to be free of lice and mites. I have never seen lice or mites on our birds but show I dust them just in case?

    Again, many thanks to anyone kind enough to answer these questions. I hope this post isn't tedious.

    I'll be back with pictures! [​IMG]
     
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  2. Tanichca

    Tanichca Sparkle Magnet

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    Hi there,

    I have never shown chickens before but I have three hens that I would love to get an opinion on. I also would love to get any thoughts as to preparing them for a show. We had to replace our laying hens last year so we ordered six different breeds from My Pet Chicken. Any answers are greatly appreciated. If there is another, similar, thread, please forgive me for not finding it.

    -My three possible show hens are a Sussex, a Delaware, and a Blue Andalusian. (I also have a Welsummer, an Australorp and two Easter Eggers but I am not sure they would stand out as much at the fair). I will provide pictures once the sun comes out this afternoon (we are chilly and overcast right now).

    -Do you think they would be eligible to be shown at our local fair (Clay County) even though we ordered them from a big hatchery? Or do people usually purchase show chickens from private breeders? Well, check the S.O.P (standard of perfection) and make sure the birds are "typey" and then you are good to go.

    -They were vaccinated as day old chicks this past summer but what other vaccines do they need (our fair is in April)? mine arent vaccinated at all and they are just fine...

    -Are there any good books that can help me prepare them? I have no clue, for example, how one would bathe a chicken. I could trim their nails myself. Any other grooming that needs to be done? Bathe a chicken in a sink or large tub. wash with dish or baby soap.

    -The girls will be about nine months old, is this a good age to show them? Yep [​IMG]

    -I am assuming I will need to quarantine them when I bring them home in case they pick up anything at the fair but are there preventive measures I can take? How long should I quarantine them? Only a few weeks.

    -Are plastic numbered bands good enough or do I need to put special bands on them to show them? I use plastic numbered bands, they work just fine.

    -The show rules say that the birds will be tested for pullorum-typhoid before the fair starts unless they are from a certified pullorum-typhoid free hatchery. Is this something I can get from the hatchery if I contact them? I have no idea, all mine are breeder birds.

    -They also need to be free of lice and mites. I have never seen lice or mites on our birds but show I dust them just in case? Sure, do it anyway. better safe than sorry!

    Again, many thanks to anyone kind enough to answer these questions. I hope this post isn't tedious.

    I'll be back with pictures!
    ETA spelling
     
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  3. fledgling

    fledgling Chillin' With My Peeps

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    WOW! That was fast! Thank you so much! I really want to get sunny chicken pictures but I'm so excited about this I might not wait, LOL!
     
  4. Tanichca

    Tanichca Sparkle Magnet

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    ive been showing for three years now, and i hope you do well!
     
  5. Cloverleaf Farm

    Cloverleaf Farm Bearded Birds are Best

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    Quote:Good luck!!!
     
  6. HappyTailsFarm

    HappyTailsFarm Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi, if you go to page 2 of 'Breeds, Genetics, & Showing', (this topic), you will find a page that another person started called Show Prep, myself and others have posted tons of helpful show topics on there, too many to transer to your thread, so check it out, MAJOR help for people new to the awesome show world! [​IMG]
     
  7. fledgling

    fledgling Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you to HappyTrails and Cloverleaf! I will check out that thread.

    I will see if the hatchery can help me out. I did not save the original paperwork. [​IMG]

    I have used Epinex before, thank you!
     
  8. fledgling

    fledgling Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I went outside to take pictures, even though it's still dreary out there. Isabelle, our Blue Andalusian, is a nervous bird so I don't think she would be suitable (she takes lousy pictures because she's always moving). Cricket, our Sussex, and Wilma, our Delaware, are the friendliest ones so they would be suitable.

    Cricket, (her name is because the game of cricket originated in Sussex, England):
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    Wilma, (short for Wilmington, DE):
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  9. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    Yep, you gotta consider - Almost all, if not all, the chickens found at a local fair will be "poor quality" hatchery birds, so there's no worry of you feeling out of place. Chickens bought and raised from private breeders are usually found at bigger shows; APA sanctioned shows. I've even seen and heard of Easter Eggers being entered at fair shows, and still doing well, simply because there are no real Ameraucanas to compete with them and/or the judges don't realize they're not real Ameraucanas.

    Otherwise, entering a bird to a local show is relatively easy. They'll be tested on the spot if you're not NPIP certified, you'll need some proof them them being disease free, they'll need numbered leg bands, stuff like that.
     
  10. fledgling

    fledgling Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks, Illia. Do you think my two hens would do okay? Not sure what type of quality they are....
     

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