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PostPosted: Sun Feb 08, 2009 12:46 pm 
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i am new to all of this stuff so any help is good.

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 08, 2009 3:42 pm 
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Your going to need to be more specific Ben. What help are you after? Have a read of the threads above and below that contain useful info, and get back to us if you have any specific questions. :)

also check out the link:
http://www.backyardpoultry.com/index.ph ... shows.html

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 08, 2009 3:43 pm 
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few questions whats the best way to wash a chook and how many new hampshires are normally entered?

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 08, 2009 5:19 pm 
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New Hampshires are not often seen on the show bench, and much fewer numbers than their more numerous cousins RIR.

Have a read of the BYP Article on Showing poultry:
http://www.backyardpoultry.com/index.ph ... 0FOR%20THE

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One week to three days before the show most birds need to be washed, especially birds that have an abundance of plumage or are light in colour. All birds benefit from a wash, but for some dark coloured and hard-feather breeds, its not as critical. Heres how you go about washing your birds:

* Washing consists of 3 tubs which all contain warm water.
Tub 1. contains pure soap or normal hair shampoo.
Tub 2. is the first rinse.
Tub 3. is the final rinse.

feathers with persistent dirt can be scrubbed along the feathers in the first tub (note: don't scrub against the feathers as it may damage the plumage).

The birds can be dried first by using a towel to soak off the excess water, then by using a hair drier. Make sure the bird is NOT dried out fully, as it may make some of the feathers twist. Instead dry it to about 80-90%, then let them finish drying outside in the sun if its warm. Otherwise let them dry
off in front of a heater (making sure they cant get too close as to burn themselves).

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 08, 2009 5:21 pm 
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thanks andy ill wash the roo and 2 hens and leave to hens with out being washed and see what happens in judging so i am the only one most probably entering them.

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 08, 2009 7:52 pm 
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Its good experience to practice washing chooks for big shows in the future that might come up :) but if its just for the online show, probably not that important. Might be better to focus on taking a good set of photos instead :wink: as long as your birds are healthy, and in good plumage, they should be fine.

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 08, 2009 8:05 pm 
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ok then ill have a go at washing another time, ill take the photos over a few days.

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