We started our little flock a year ago, and two of my boys (9 & 13) joined the poultry project in 4-H. Our fair is in August, and the boys want to show their chickens at the fair. I have a few concerns and questions about this. First, is it really fair to the chickens to be put in a cage for 5 days when they are free ranged? My husband is very concerned about this. Second, how do you choose which chicken gets (or has) to go? My oldest wants to show the rooster, but he sustained some damage to his comb over the winter during the -24 degree nights (did Vasaline and heat lamp, but it wasn't enough). The damage is minor, but I would think an educated judge would spot it immediately. How much would that be judged against him in an aged class? Or should the boys take a couple of the new pullets from this years group (currently 12 days old)? Lastly, would we need to quarantine the birds when they return home? They do a health inspection before the birds can even come onto the fairgrounds, but how much risk is there? How long would we need to quarantine the birds for?