OK so this is the year I want to begin to show in earnest. I have zero guidance in regards to how to make the leap from small fair shows to the pro level, and want to give my stock every advantage I can. I went to Northeastern Poultry Congress show and did OK (took best hen of my breed) and I am ready to take it to the next level. I have also learned AI, so my show girls can still be used as breeders... actually very excited about the prospect of pedigrees as well as showing. So I feel I am ready to start planning a small conditioning room for my birds. I have both large fowl and bantam and hope to design a cage room with automatic waterers to reduce labor. I need tons of input, advice and pictures as well as recommendations regarding where to buy materials. My last show I did well with a hen that was just 3 weeks removed from the breeding pen and had just had a couple of baths, but I know it was just because she is very nice NOT her condition. I feel that she might have done even better had she been in tip-top show shape. I saw folks with lab coats and gear working with their birds at the show. I have so many questions! How do you keep the feathered feet birds from trashing themselves? What should I be teaching my birds in regards to show training? What is the best diet/supplement/feed? Wire floor or shavings? How much space for each bird? What should I use on the bird for the day of the show? (saw people using stuff what the heck was it?) How far is too far to travel? Can you/should you sneak birds into hotels when the weather is very cold? What vaccines are needed for safety? How long should I quarantine? Lets start a dialog about how to condition! Teach me and others how to have success in this wonderful sport!