1. Come check out hundreds of awesome coop pages (and a few that need suggestions) in our 2018 Coop Rating Project!

Show chickens??? What kind should I get

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by digginchicks, Jan 17, 2009.

  1. digginchicks

    digginchicks Songster

    Jan 15, 2009
    Sullivan, Indiana
    Okay I only have 29 chickens right now and am wanting to get some more. I just dont know what kind I should get that would do good in show and such. Right now I have Golden Laced Wyandottes, Black Austrolorps, and Columbian Wyandottes. Would any of these chickens do well in a show?

  2. cgmccary

    cgmccary Songster

    Sep 14, 2007
    NE Alabama
    I think only you can answer that question by answering: Do any of your present chickens conform to the APA's Standard of perfection for their breed? If yes, then, they'd do well. If not, then no.
  3. greyfields

    greyfields Crowing

    Mar 15, 2007
    Washington State
    If you've never shown birds, start with self colored varieties. That makes at least one variable simple. Learning about conformation and type, though, will take you many years of emberassng public mistakes.
  4. flyingmonkeypoop

    flyingmonkeypoop Crowing

    Apr 30, 2007
    Deer Park Washington
    Are they hatchery birds? You need to get a standard of perfection from the American Poultry Association, I think they are like $14 for a black and white.
  5. moduckman

    moduckman Songster

    Jan 2, 2009
    Cairo, Missouri
    It also depends on what type of success you are looking for. If they are standard (large fowl) the Wyandottes may do well in their variety, but may have problems beating the black or white wyandotte. They also show in the American Class, against the rocks, RIR, and BJG. Tough class to have "specialized bird" in. Traditionally, a quality Australop can hold its own in the English class. They have to beat the Orps, but I've seen them compete very well. Legs should be a dark slate.
  6. Kelly G

    Kelly G It's like herding cats!

    I am considering buying some Columbian Wyandottes, but want to see some pictures of some that "regular people" have - not just the brilliant photos posted on the websites!

    Thanks! And good luck with your chicken pursuits!
  7. digginchicks

    digginchicks Songster

    Jan 15, 2009
    Sullivan, Indiana
    I will be putting some pictures of my fabulous columbian wyandottes on here soon.

    Thanks for all of the help on here. Im still a little undecided but have a better idea about what i might get

  8. rodriguezpoultry

    rodriguezpoultry Langshan Lover

    Jan 4, 2009
    Claremore, OK
    Generally, in a backyard flock, this is what you'll see from hatcheries:

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by