Showing birds

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by corball, Sep 24, 2009.

  1. corball

    corball In the Brooder

    Sep 13, 2009
    Orlando, FL
    Hello I am very very interested in showing some chickens. I have no clue how to get started or anything. Right now I have pet quality birds and does anyone know a good site to look up on all the regulations and what judges look for and how to really get started? I am really interested in the silkies, Cochins, and polish but mostly Silkies. Anyways if anybody has some good tips on how to get started that would be greatly apreciated. Oh and does anyone know anybody in FL that would sell some pretty nice SQ silkies and other poultry?

    Thanks a bunch!!!![​IMG]

  2. raiderbabe239

    raiderbabe239 ♥ Hatchaholic ♥

    Jun 19, 2009
    Fort Myers, Fl
    Bobbi porto has some gorgeous SQ silkies here in florida google her [​IMG]
  3. jimnjay

    jimnjay Songster

    Jan 11, 2007
    Bryant Alabama
    Most breeds have a breed club. American Silkie Bantam Club is one. The standards are there for your information.
    Faverolle Fanciers of America is another I know of.

    The way to get started is to first get some good/great quality birds. A good place to get them is at a chicken show. Breeders often bring the ones that decided not to keep for whatever reason to shows to be sold.

    You can also keep you eye on the Buy, Sell or Trade section of this website. There are some very good breeders here. Don't be fooled by someone stating Show Quality in the title for eggs. Many run of the mill Silkies come from Show Quality Parents. In my opinion, start with a good pair of the breeds you want and start breeding. Follow the Father to Daughter, Granddaughter and Mother to Son,Grandson method and you should do well. It is not recommended to breed sister to brother since the identical genes will be present in both birds and can ultimately create fertility problems and non-hearty stock. It can be done once or twice but I would stick to using the parent stock for the future breedings. Aunts and Uncles are a better choice if you need to use different breeders.
  4. BorderKelpie

    BorderKelpie Songster

    Mar 1, 2009
    outside Dallas

  5. Pathfinders

    Pathfinders Crowing

    Jan 25, 2008
    Northern KY
  6. corball

    corball In the Brooder

    Sep 13, 2009
    Orlando, FL
    Thank you all for the wonderful advice [​IMG]
  7. Msbear

    Msbear Fancy Banties

    May 8, 2008
    Sharpsburg, MD.

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