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PostPosted: Fri Aug 30, 2013 9:43 pm 
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Hi, I have 2 silky bantam roosters that im planing on showing this season

But.. my question when actually showing the chicken do they have to be "shown off"? Or does the judgw just go how they are in the pen?
And do you have to be present during showing?

Sorry about the questions I usally show horses so chicken showing is new to me

Thankyou in advance
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 30, 2013 10:41 pm 
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You have to wash and clean your birds before the show, on show day they are placed in showpens in the pavilion in classes, ie, white silkies, black langshans etc and seperated into cockerel , pullet , cock and hen classes.
The judge then comes along assessing each bird visually and by handling each fowl to decide which is the best in each class.
Once you pen your birds on the morning of the show you are'nt allowed to handle the birds again until after judging is finished.
By the way, most silkies in Australia are'nt bantams, they are standard lights, if they are standards and you enter them in the bantam class they will be disqualified.
Most people think of silkies as bantams because they are small, but this is seldom the actual case.


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 31, 2013 5:04 pm 
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You would be struggling to enter them in the Bantam class.
As there is not a class for Silkies, in the bantam classes,
if they are bantam size, they wont go far in the Silkie class
either, :thumbs:


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 31, 2013 7:35 pm 
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Not correct Macar, in the APS 2 there are classes for both standard and bantam silkies. :thumbs:


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 31, 2013 8:40 pm 
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Ditto, first edition APS


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 31, 2013 10:29 pm 
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Pen training is impt. mind you it can still backfies today as it did for me with a rambunctious silkie cockerel deciding to leap all over the place despite previous quiet showing. he still came first but the [/color]ay he behavd today you wojld ne ver think he had been in a pen before. Sorry re typing on mobile westnet has dropped out in wa lol. give showing ago its great fun

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 31, 2013 10:43 pm 
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How do you know whether your chook is any good as far as chooks go? I think my girls are pretty good looking, but their conformation might be crap for all I know. Do you have to tizzy them up for the show? Shampoo and blowdry?

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 31, 2013 10:56 pm 
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You can compare them with photos on here to gain a rough idea of how good they are.
To show them to advantage you should wash and dry them, preferably a few days before the show, clean all the dirt out from under the scales on their legs and feet and generally spruce them up.
It can be great fun attending a show with your birds, though daunting for the first few times until you get the hang of it and prepping your birds.


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 01, 2013 3:30 pm 
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Thankyou for all your advice , that really clears it up for me I will post a picture of my 2 boys(after a bath)

But im looking foward to giving it a go


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 01, 2013 3:55 pm 
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The first time is more nervous but exciting second time its more relaxing
I have only done two shows and managed to get champion male two years in a row.
Have fun because that is what it really is about and good luck :thumbs:

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 01, 2013 4:38 pm 
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Photos of my two boys ! I breed these two myself so I cant wait to give them a go in the show world (pics are just after a bath)


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 01, 2013 6:37 pm 
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Personally if they were mine I would only show Tiny Tim
wiggles comb looks to distorted , but I don't have silks so don't take it as right
I haven't seen to many in real life to know.

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 01, 2013 6:56 pm 
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hard to tell because the pictures are side on. wiggles looks to have a reddishcomb which is not so good.
wiggles has a better body than tiny tim. it would be good if you could post some front on pictures of them, and have the pic the right way up.

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 01, 2013 8:08 pm 
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oldmcdonald wrote:
How do you know whether your chook is any good as far as chooks go? I think my girls are pretty good looking, but their conformation might be crap for all I know. Do you have to tizzy them up for the show? Shampoo and blowdry?

Read up on the relevant standard & look at lots of pictures of other show fowl of the same breed, also go to some shows & have a look at the fowl on display.
This will give you a good idea of where your fowl stand in a quality of breed sense.

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 01, 2013 8:34 pm 
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Sorry for asking questions in your thread, OP, I hope you don't mind. What's the deal with showing chickens and "catching things" given the advice to always quarantine new birds? Is there a risk of catching something from taking them to shows, or is it only if the chickens are in close contact that it's a potential problem?

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