AT THE KANSAS STATE FAIR
Shape that fits the breed as shown in the book Standard of Perfection.
Weight and size evenly balanced, legs are in the middle of the body & tail is at the right degree of angle.
Appearance, alertness, feather quality & grooming.
What the judge looks for in the show cage:
The chicken is taken out of its cage and carefully examined by the judge and in some classes the judge will ask the exhibitor questions concerning the breed their showing.
The judge handles the chicken to check grooming, quietness, feather quality, defects to the scale of points located in the book of A Standard of Perfection.
Cock: male over 1 year of age
Hen: female over 1 year of age
Cockeral: male 1 year or under
Fryer: 3 1/4 to 5 lbs not to exceed 10 weeks
ONLY HEN DUCKS CAN QUACK....
Drakes can only make a hoarse, husky whisper, but the hens true quack can be heard for almost a mile on a still morning.
A SILKIE CHICKEN IS A FLUFFY BALL WITH NEARLY BLACK SKIN, MEAT, COMB AND BONES.
It's feathers appear to be hair. Actually the gene that puts the hook on the feather is missing, therefore it cannot hold its shape. So each feather has a bad hair day forever. They originated in the Far East and were even mentioned by Marco Polo and other early writers.
LOOK FOR THE EASTER EGG CHICKEN.
The Aucacana chicken is native to South America and lays eggs that are shades of green and blue.
MIRROR, MIRROR ON THE WALL WHO IS THE OLDEST FOWL OF ALL.
The Swan of course which lives to be fifty years old and some reports indicate may even reach the century mark.
Next is our Friend the Canada Goose which lives to be thirty with some living to be twice that.
Last but not least is our common geese which have a normal life span of twelve to twenty years.
The first poultry show ever held in America was at the public gardens in Boston on November 14, 1849. 1023 birds were shown and more than 10,000 people attended.
The oldest livestock association in America is the American poultry association founded in 1873.
There are 561 breeds and varieties of standard bred domestic poultry listed in the American poultry association 1983 standard of perfection.
The turkey is native to the United States and Central America and was taken back to Europe by Christopher Columbus on his return voyage.
When the colonist landed at Jamestown in 1609 they brought their domestic fowl with them. In 1620 when the mayflower landed they also brought fowl from the old country.
Poultry has been and important resource for pleasure and food since the beginning of man. Developing and maintaining the many breeds and varieties can be the joy of a lifetime. Try it!!!!!