What goes into raising a show quality hen?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Chiko, Nov 8, 2011.

  1. Chiko

    Chiko Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 25, 2010
    Orem, Utah.
    What do I have to do to get my Cochin Bantam "Show quality" She is pure bred....thats all I know....What qualifications does she need?
     
  2. Chiko

    Chiko Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 25, 2010
    Orem, Utah.
    I'm also getting some new Lavender Cochin Bantam chicks.....Is there a different way to raise them?

    (These questions might sound dumb, but I'm new to this!)
     
  3. BBrock

    BBrock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You need to look up the standard of perfection for cochin bantams. Cochins internationl should have an idea of what they should look like. She needs to be as close to that description as possible.
     
  4. syble

    syble Chillin' With My Peeps

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    in addition to that statement, its also a matter of breeding. Some birds are bred closer to the standard then others. you will hear people talk about breeder quality, show quality and hatchery quality. the first 2 have show potential on average, the hatchery birds are usually not great breed examples, in general... there are exceptions to everything.

    But yes, step 1 id to familiarize yourself with the breed standard
     
  5. sjarvis00

    sjarvis00 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 4, 2009
    Shawnee, OKlahoma
    I will add this little bit as well.
    Everyone hatches culls, so if you purchased eggs or chicks from a line that is shown that alone does not gaurantee the birds will be show quality.
    Even the ones with show potential still have to raised very well, kept healthy and parasite free so they can grow properly.

    Next thing to consider is the source of the "Show Quality" stock. What size shows are they attending, how much competition do they experience with the breed and variety. A person can ammass a very good looking show record and only show against thier own birds therefore always win BV and RV.

    Just some thoughts.
     

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