The 9th Annual Fancy Feathers Chicken Show was the best ever. Club managers Janet Dietz & Janine Basinger did a great job of guiding the Fancy Feathers 4H Club members in their implementation of the various aspects of a successful show....from their concession stand to their unique awards and competitions. This show is put on by the youth members themselves, with support from their families. I had my Huth Avian Services table there and so had the opportunity to talk with most of the folks there, at one point or another. Everyone was most impressed with the professionalism shown by these kids and how great it was to see them wearing their distinctive tshirts & lab coats, so it was easy to find show personnel when help was needed. They already have thoughts on how to make next years show new and innovative again....this is a hallmark of this show. In 2008 they introduced the first "Cluck Off" in TX...in 2009 the 1st Egg Show in TX was implemented....in 2010 the 1st Youth Exhibition Poultry Showmanship class in TX was added....in 2012 the 1st Serama Tabletop show in TX was added....in 2014 the 1st "Match the Judge" contest in TX was added.... I think you'll like their "first" for the 2017 show! Keep an eye on this club and their show!
Come out to see a great variety of breeds, shown by some of the top breeders in Texas. This show is sanctioned by the American Poultry and American Bantam Associations. I started this club and this show back in 2009 and so far it continues to grow. New club managers, Janet Dietz and Janine Basinger, will do a great job with this years show, as will the current club membership. This is a way you can support the kids! Look for me at my Huth Avian Services table...I'd love to say "howdy"!
Steve Jones was slated to be one of the judges....we are all greatly saddened by his sudden demise yesterday, due to a stroke. Both he, and a young club member who passed away this past year, will be on everyone's minds throughout the show. Both will be greatly missed..... RIP
The show will be held from 9am - 3pm at the Dripping Springs Ranch Park on RR12, just north of 290....across from Dripping Springs Elem School.....admission is free! There are fun activities for everyone!
It was too good to be true. It was the new Poultry Director of the Hays Co Livestock Show Board that hired me to judge the youth poultry show in January..... thank you for the vote of confidence! However when he attended the meeting yesterday, the Board voted "No" saying they didn't want a local judge. I would have been fair and impartial, and would have done the mini-poultry clinic with the kids after the judging like I always do, but it's their decision. If by chance they should reconsider, I would certainly love to do it!
Pretty excited today... just confirmed that I will be judging the poultry classes for the Hays County Youth Livestock Show on Jan 28, 2016 at 9am. As a young 4H member I showed both chickens and poultry at this show... about nine years ago. I no longer know any of the families with youth involved, and have looked forward to doing this for a long time. It's a great little show and I hope the kids get a big crowd of supporters on the day of the auction, Jan 30 at 11am. I know how hard the kids work to get their birds ready for the show!
I am privileged, honored and excited to once again judge the Chambers County Youth Project Open Poultry Show tomorrow in Ahahuac, TX. This is their 59th Annual Event and their Poultry Show begins at 9am. The entire show encompasses April 29- May 2... go check out the show and support the kids! I have found the youth who enter this show to always be polite and eager to learn and they exhibit a desire to improve for next year..... they would appreciate your support of their efforts.
At days end, the Grand & Reserve birds were selected and I was surprised to be told that the Polish chosen as Reserve was the same bird that was chosen as Reserve last year! Talk about consistent judging! The young lady who won Grand champion is a sister of a former year's Grand champion.... I commend the efforts by all entered to raise quality birds! Here are past year's photos and one of this years Grand & Reserve champions.
As in my past years at this show, it was a finely executed show. I had the privilege of judging the Broiler, Breeder and Showmanship classes.... all impressive. The winners in the Broiler class were standouts.... very plump and meaty and had great uniformity. The top bird in Breeders was once again a stellar Phoenix cock.... I would love to see this exhibitor bring this line of Phoenix to the Fancy Feathers Show or the State Fair Show! The Showmanship classes had very knowledgeable entrants and are improving each year in their showmanship skills. Following the judging, we had a little session on the importance of Biosecurity.... that is a very important part of raising poultry and must be practiced by all who raise poultry. I'll miss the show for the next two years because their policy is to use a judge for only two consecutive years, which is a good policy. Thank you to thewickedchicken.net for sharing photos!
Tomorrow I have the honor of judging the Poultry Show at the Cherokee County Livestock Show in Jacksonville, Tx... Breeders, Broilers and Showmanship... I love this show; they always have phenomenal entries!
Then on Friday I am leading the Wimberley Birding Society on a trip to the Attwater's Prairie Chicken Nat'l Wildlife Refuge in Eagle Lake, TX... hope to hear some "booming" from the leks! From there I'll head to the Houston Hamfest on Saturday, to join a great crowd of ham radio operators and do some learning and equipment acquiring!
I had a great time judging the Backyard Chickens and the ever-entertaining CluckOff this past Saturday at the Dripping Springs Ranch Park. It's always great to see the people who continue to support the show over the past eight years, and also to meet new folks who will hopefully return in the future years. There is so much to do at this show, including a small horse show this year in the arena. We had over 500 birds entered, so there was plenty for all to see, the food was great and the raffles kept excitement high.... Claudia Choate is still the reigning queen of the Match the Judge contest.... she sets the bar high! See ya next year!
Here I am judging a bird with the help of Jimmy Kimmel's "Flat Guillermo"!
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