Vote on chickens I should take to show -it's for experience, they're all "bad" but I would love help

Which chicken would you choose for show? (I'll show the top two)

  • Welsummer Hen

    Votes: 2 6.3%
  • Andalusian Hen

    Votes: 9 28.1%
  • Naked Neck Hen

    Votes: 2 6.3%
  • Bantam Ameraucana

    Votes: 8 25.0%
  • Bantam Shamo

    Votes: 10 31.3%
  • Buff Brahma Hen

    Votes: 13 40.6%
  • Speckled Sussex Hen

    Votes: 9 28.1%

  • Total voters
    32
  • Poll closed .

ATeacherChick

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PLEASE don't send hate my way if I am breaking some purist poultry show-er law:bow. I have no fantasies of grandeur. Just a chicken girl trying to step up her poultry game a little ;)
Disclaimer done...here goes:
I am entering a few of my chickens in two shows in Florida this January/February. I want to buy "real stock" this coming Spring, but I haven't picked my breed yet. I want to kill two birds with one stone with these shows - gain experience for the 2020 shows when hopefully I'll have "real" show chickens, to see breeds in person to help me make a final choice, and also meet people selling them.
I only have hatchery imitations of breeds, but I was hoping someone would tell me 2-3 of them that look the "least bad". I know they aren't like the purposefully bred show chickens. Please, please, don't reply just to tell me how bad my chickens are. They're one-year-old hatchery imitations, I just want to pick the best 2-3 chickens of what I have so I can say I tried on some level. I need help with this though, if anyone wants to be kind...
This is what I have (you may have to click attachments):

Welsummer Hen
Welsum1.jpg

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BANTAM AMERAUCANA HEN
AmeriHen.jpg

AmeriHen1.jpg

AmeriHen2.jpg


ANDALUSIAN HEN
AndyHen.jpg

Andyhen1.jpg


SPECKLED SUSSEX HEN
SpeckledSuss.jpg


BANTAM SHAMO BLACK - HEN
ShamoBantam.jpg

shamoBantam1.jpg


BUFF BRAHMA HEN - But she's a little small I think???
Brahma1.jpg

Brahma2.jpg


NAKED NECK HEN
NN Hen.JPG

I'm definitely showing my Welsummer rooster just because he's my favorite, so he's technically not in the running. Just including him in the list.
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ATeacherChick

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Thanks! I did try with the standards, and that is how I narrowed it down to these guys...the problem becomes I am just too inexperienced to differentiate "moderately feathered shanks" from "tightly feathered" and/or what it means when it specifies "defined thighs" :p
I know nothing about the standard, but I think your buff brahma is very pretty and looks like the pics I've seen describing the breed. Handsome roo, too. You might want to look up the SOPs online to get a sense of what they'll be judged on.
 

BantyChooks

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APA show? Your bantam AM is an EE, just an FYI... means there's no developed colour pattern matching your bird. I'm not up on their standards, but the Brahma is my favourite. She looks to have a pretty face, decent feathering, and no shafting, which is a pet peeve of mine. The SS has mottling sub-par to others I've seen, so I'd imagine you would get several more points cut there; and I'm not sure on the Shamo because they're so different from my chosen breeds. Also, is it just me or does your wellie have a slight wry tail? Good luck!! :thumbsup

Edited to add: your rooster is gorgeous.
 
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