Show Chickens?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Malbri, Jan 10, 2008.

  1. Malbri

    Malbri Chillin' With My Peeps

    484
    0
    139
    Jan 10, 2008
    Bowdoin
    What is a good breed for starting out to show chickens? I havent done that much research, but I know that you want a somewhat common breed so that they actually have compatition and so the judge is familiar with the breed and doesnt misjudge it. Any ideas? Right now I have one lonely black sex link, the last of 4, and I really enjoyed them, and I think they are pretty. Would they make good show birds?
    Also, where do you get show- quality chickens?
     
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Show quality birds come from show quality lines that private breeders raise. If you are doing 4H it is more showmanship than bird quality. In most shows, you can only show birds that appear in the book of standards. Thus your sexlinks, a mutt, could not be shown. In a 4H fair though, if you are young enough to be in a youth group, you can often show mixes like that.

    I'm sure real showers out there will chime in soon.
     
  3. a2ms4chickens

    a2ms4chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    687
    2
    141
    Dec 16, 2007
    Tucson, AZ
    It all depends on where you show your birds. I'm not sure if the APA recognizes the black sex link.

    The best place to start is to get the American Poultry Assoc. standard of perfection book. This will let you know all of the recognized breeds, what the defects and disqualifications are, and the standards for the breeds. If you are looking to get bantams, you can also look at the American Bantam Association book.

    You should get your show chickens from a breeder. The APA and ABA have breeder information, I believe.

    My son shows modern game bantams, Old English game bantams and D'Uccles, for 4-H. They are small enough for him to handle.

    There are so many chickens to choose from. Pick a couple of chickens you like, and when you go to the shows, the breeders always have some for sale. So, after walking around the show for a day or two, you will have a better idea of what you might like.

    Hope this helps. We have only had chickens for a couple of months, but after reading this forum, I have learned so much, and I want more chickens!! [​IMG]
     
  4. Malbri

    Malbri Chillin' With My Peeps

    484
    0
    139
    Jan 10, 2008
    Bowdoin
    Thanks, I guess ill have to go to a show. Thing is....chick ordering is in spring, and shows are in the summer. Id like to get chicks this spring, because I enjoy raising them. How do I find breeders? I live in maine.....
    I did a google search with no avail.
     
  5. Malbri

    Malbri Chillin' With My Peeps

    484
    0
    139
    Jan 10, 2008
    Bowdoin
    Oh crap, now that I think about it, most chickens you cant tell the sex until they are older right? Isnt that only with sex links? Now that I think about it, I may need to get older chickens, because I cannot be having roosters
     
  6. Sharisr32

    Sharisr32 Egg Killer ;)

    578
    1
    161
    Jan 14, 2007
    OH/PA Boarder
    Ang - I wish I'd have done that --

    It is a great suggestion to walk around a show and see what you like and then check the standards-

    Talk to breeders

    Just remember we are kinda jaded for our breeds- I would swear if your just starting out nothing better then Faverolles or harder then Silkies- I love them both- but Faverolles are just so sweet and easy to care for - Of Course my D'uccles are cute to -- and well I love the Serama --ok talk to another breeder cuz I took along time to make it down to the 3 breeds I like the best and I still have a few odds - Like my polish group and the white cochins - ok I never really made it down to Just 3 [​IMG]
     
  7. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    And if you are talking about ordering from hatcheries, they are often not show quality or even good representations of their breed.
     
  8. Malbri

    Malbri Chillin' With My Peeps

    484
    0
    139
    Jan 10, 2008
    Bowdoin
    Quote:Most the time, I dont even know what im talking about....
     
  9. lurky

    lurky Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 4, 2007
    Western MA
    Hi. I know its far for you, but there is a show this saturday in Mass. I've heard they have many for sale on Saturday morning, but that they sell fast so you need to be there early. There is a post about it under the topics.
     
  10. Malbri

    Malbri Chillin' With My Peeps

    484
    0
    139
    Jan 10, 2008
    Bowdoin
    I have to work saturday....and I dont have a car:/
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by