Showing a Moulting Hen

Discussion in 'Exhibition, Genetics, & Breeding to the SOP' started by Beth77, Sep 23, 2016.

  1. Beth77

    Beth77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello, my Welsummer hen has started moulting. I'm meant to be showing her on Saturday but today when I was bathing her, ALL of her tail feathers fell out. Can I still show her? I'll attach some photos.

    I haven't fully dried her yet so she still looks a bit scabby, I'll post some more when she's dry.

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    Any opinions would be greatly appreciated
     
  2. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    I'll start by saying this is just my opinion, but if a chicken is molting, or otherwise not looking it's best, it cannot be a great representation of the breed and therefor I would not show it. For me a bird should be taken to a show only when they are at their best and in excellent condition plumage-wise.

    Another reason I would withdraw a molting bird from a show is because being taken to a poultry show, surrounded by strange birds and people, handled by strangers (judges) etc can be stressful and molting is hard on the bird already. Rather wait a few weeks, or months, until she is in tip top shape with lovely new feathers and enter her in another show, where she can represent her breed (and you) well.
     
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  3. CluckerCottage

    CluckerCottage Chillin' With My Peeps

    agree 100% with sumi. very well stated!
    i went to my state fair at the end of august and was saddened to see so many birds molting (many were half-deplumed).
    you could tell they were just miserable. poor things.
    also, I saw some birds with dry fowl pox, runny/crusty eyes and advanced scaly leg mites.
    this is just my personal opinion----they should not have been allowed to be shown and their owners should be ashamed of the condition of their birds.
     
  4. Beth77

    Beth77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you both for getting back. I'll probably just leave her then, such a shame because she's won so many 1st's and she's a joy to exhibit!
     
  5. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Agree with sumi as well.

    The birds are super sensitive during this time. She's not in a good mood. The show is cancelled. Sorry.
     
  6. Beth77

    Beth77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's probably for the best. I am however, showing two more today so fingers crossed!!
     

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