I saw buried in another thread that you show poultry! Nice to meet someone else out there who shows birds. I have Royal Palm Turkeys and White Crested Blue Polish.
Here is a picture of one of my foundation birds, (before anyone knew what WCBlue Polish were) she was one of my personal favorites. She did have her faults, but this is when the blue color in Polish was still "in the making" and we were more worried about producing a good color then anything.
LOL when I was in Animal and Dairy science at Auburn Univ, there were quite a few guys in my class who were gearing their own studies toward Poultry Science. We did have to learn different domestic breeds, and I remember being amazed by how many different chicken breeds there were and how wildly they varied from your generic 'red/brown egg-laying hen' or leghorn white that most of us visualize.
Hey Wandering_Spirit. I don't have anymore poultry or petstock, but did raise and show for years.
The bird you are speaking of that lays the different colored eggs is the Araucana, They come in a wide variety of colors and when you mix their eggs in with eggs of a Rhode Island Red or a Barred Rock (for example) it looks like Easter, every day of the year.
I had a wonderful mentor, Matt Manderfield. He raised and exhibited chickens for most of his life, in fact he was still very active in Poultry judging until well into his 80's.
My favorite chickens were the Rose Combed Rhode Island Reds. I had the dark red show birds, not the typical lighter red barnyard variety.
I had a gorgeous rooster, an excellent example of his breed and such a pet. His name was Chicky (that name is another story, if you have time) and he was my baby.
Rhode Island Reds are a full size bird, the roosters are quite large. I showed Chicky for 4 or 5 years, isn't that amazing? He was awesome and was the reason that I got into chickens in the first place. Other breeders would try to buy Chicky at the shows, but since he was my baby, I wouldn't have sold him for all the tea in China.
I saved all my trophies and ribbons from the various shows. Just for the memories. I don't display the trophies anymore, they are all packed away for safe keeping. (I got tired of dusting them).
I did have a number of other breeds of chickens. Also, ducks, pigeons and geese that I showed.
Had pheasants for awhile, but since I make everything into a pet and could never quite calm them enough to be handled, didn't enjoy them too much.
Tried turkeys for one year only, another story there too. Had Chukar Partridge, a very nice looking bird. Bob White Quail, they laid the tiniest little eggs.
You've brought back some good memories for me.
If you want to talk more about poultry and petstock, let me know. I enjoy listening and learning about other people birds, too.
Also, anyone else that has raised and exhibited their birds or just wants to share a story is welcome to join this thread.
Pinky - There are so many different types of chickens. I found it fascinating to learn about them at the shows. I'd spend hours wandering through the barns, looking at all the different birds.
It got to be that I could go through the barns and chose the chickens that I thought would place in the various classes and even could pick which birds would be Best in Show. I give thanks to a wonderful mentor for sharing his knowledge and love of poultry.
Here is a good webpage, showing the various breeds of chickens. They are listed alphabetically. The pictures of the breeds are hand painted, not actual photos, at least the ones that I looked at, but it will give you an idea of the huge variety of chickens available.
I'm in 4H for poultry. We have a pair of americaunas, four new hampshire reds, two barred rocks, and most of the others are crosses. We don't really have any nice show birds, we originally got the NHR for eggs, but only two hens are left from the original 20. Just recently we had one of our hens taken by coyotes, an americauna hen.
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