show birds

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by sonoma71, Jan 17, 2012.

  1. sonoma71

    sonoma71 Hatching

    Jan 17, 2012
    for my kids to show birds do they have to be show quality we have silver and gold widotts and astrolops and buff sililies and coachans

  2. Pinky

    Pinky Songster

    Nov 15, 2008
    South GA
    I don't think it matters if it is a contest at a fair, but I think they have to be show quality to enter them in a poultry show.
  3. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    [​IMG] They do not have to be show quality in order to be shown - but if the kids want to do well with them, they should be of the best quality available. It costs no more to feed a quality bird than it does to feed a substandard bird. Are your children involved in 4 H? If so perhaps the poultry club leader can point you towards some show quality birds. Good luck at keeping/getting your children interested in showing.
  4. Oregon Blues

    Oregon Blues Crowing

    Apr 14, 2011
    Central Oregon
    They don't have to be show quality. They don't even need to be purebred to enter and take them to the show. However, they need to be good quality purebred show birds in order to win anything.

    The judges here will write comments on the cage cards. like "Nice!" on a bird that gets a ribbon. Or "wrong color" "bad comb". or "Poor quality" on the cards of birds that are not good quality.

    I suspect that a critical comment on the cage card would hurt the child's feelings. For that reason, I recommend that you decide on a breed and invest in a pair or a trio of quality birds. Show birds are not expensive compared to the cost of any other hobby and a trio can provide you with a huge flock in less than a year if you collect eggs and start incubating.

  5. Oregon Blues

    Oregon Blues Crowing

    Apr 14, 2011
    Central Oregon
    Some people here will enter a bird just to get passes to the local fair. They don't care about winning, they just want the passes.

    But overall, competition in 4-H and at the county fair is tough. The kids own good birds and work hard to keep them in peak condition. You child will be happier if his bird at least looks like the other birds and isn't visibly a mutt or junk.

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