9 June 2009

UnPaultry poultry at EPIC

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[First filed: June 08, 2009 @ 14:06]

While a more intimate and boutique event than last year, the Royal Canberra Poultry Show continues to be a source of delight to my family. The range of chook shapes and sizes is remarkable. Well worth the $3 admission.

With some of the birds, their raptor ancestors are quite apparent, with others the level of inbreeding suggest they have the survival characteristics of the average afghan hound.

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I’ve owned chooks (mainly Australorps and Golden Sebright bantams) and they are not the brightest bulbs in God’s chandelier.

Having previously been the owner of a British Bulldog, I have stared complete stupidity in the face and made it my pet. I know stupid.

oh and poptop chooks are not as dumb as they seem, they know the hand that feeds them as they say

hi, all just thought i would mention for the person who said they always miss the show, that it always on the june long weekend. My daughter has blue/red,black/red and duckwing coloured aussie game bantams. Hi mum (qbn Gal). my daughter has practicly grown up at poultry shows and i have for atleast 14 years and it just shows how hard it is to finally get reserve champ waterfowl at a big poultry show

Ducks! We used to have Indian Runners and Khaki Campbells. Great with the snails, but they splurked everywhere (mind you teh peacocks are much worse in the landmine department but they eat spiders!). We had Langsheng bantams for a while too, until the fox got them one night (door was left open). They bred prolifically.

Bantams are great chooks, often quite amusing too. What colours are Game Bantams? She must be proud to have done so well, worth all that chook-washing!

Thank you poptop.

Any, my granddaughter who is 8 shows Australian Game Bantams. Of the 3 she exhibited she gained a 1st, 2 2nds and Champion. Her mother has been breeding and exhibiting ducks since I (foolishly) let her bring 2 ducklings home from the Canberra Show 14 years ago. She exhibits Pekins, Mallards and Cayugas and finally brought home Reserve Champion this year. I’m very proud of them both. It takes lots of work to get poultry to show standard.

Hi Qbn Gal, happy to send you the snaps of your granddaughter (I think there may have been a few – it was a dark chook and so there were some fails). I take the snaps on the highest setting my little Konica can manage and so each one is a bit more than a Mg, considerably bigger than what I upload to Photobucket or send into RiotACT.

If you can send your email address to poptop.2006[at]gmail.com and I’ll forward whatever I have from that set.

mother of many2:27 pm 09 Jun 09

… ant sounds hungry…

mmm… chicken drummies…

What sort of chooks does she have, Qbn Gal? Any of those Indian ones with massive thick legs?

Poptop, thank you so much for the photos, they’re great especially as I see my granddaughter in one of them. She exhibits chooks. Any chance I can get a copy? I’ve tried copying from your website but it comes out blurry. She’s the one leaning onthe table watching the chookd being judged.

Don’t worry about the spellung, but please do post a notice about the chook show on its own thing.. I don’t usually check the weekend notices thing. Dunno why. For some reason I think it’s about rock bands and things. Not magnificent must-attend events like The Chook Show!

Next year I will
(a)post the Chook Show as a stand alone event;
(b)check my spelling;
(c)not malign any breed of dog; and
(d)try and get a better camera, so I can take photos of the darker birds[as I won’t use a flash on the poor brain-limited things).

Inappropriate11:27 am 09 Jun 09

Had I known it was on, I would have gone…

neanderthalsis11:04 am 09 Jun 09

I love runner ducks.

They have a bigger target area for the axe…

Ant, it was advertised on the RA DIY Wotz on

mother of many8:35 am 09 Jun 09

Lordy – Sorry, I am such a dog geek that I cannot let this one by:

Afghan Hounds are actually self-sufficient hunters/herders…

the reason they were assessed as the least intelligent purebred dog is they were the least inclined to do the intensive heelwork/sit/stay/do what you are told to NOW.

They are actually damn clever… with the ability to figure out a whole heap of stuff you would rather they didn’t – like opening doors – and the nouse to decide that you are perfectly capable of looking after yourself and therefore do not need constant shepherding.

Oh – and they are smart enough to learn what not to kill… mine help me herd up the chicken and rabbit to put them back in the cage after ‘free time’. Well, actually what not to kill when I am around; I don’t think I would trust them to look after the chook and rabbit if I weren’t there.

Thanks for listening!!

I kind of like the hairy hippy looking one.

I wonder how many chooks ran away because of the fireworks?

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy8:57 pm 08 Jun 09

What sort of odds were they offering on the big black rooster with the gold spurs?

I do not BELIEVE this. I missed the chook show yet a-bloody-gain. Bugger. They always fail to publicise this properly, although there’s plenty of media attention after the fact. And they’re charging admission now?

I used to thoroughly enjoy this show, the variety of chooks is just incredible, and I’d go off dreaming one day of having a chook shed full of gold-laced wyandottes, chinese silkies, frizzles and pheasants. And those Indian chooks with massive thick legs.

One day…

Great pics… looks like a nice show. Always loved the poultry barn at the Royal Melbourne Show. Thanks for sharing the pictures mate. 🙂

Argh! *shoots self*

Steady Eddie3:56 pm 08 Jun 09

Note: “paltry” not “paultry” (and before any smarties reply saying “poultry” I was referring to the heading for this item).

I took the kids as well and agree that it was $3 well spent.

Whilst I was there, one of the judges took one of the chooks around for the kids to pet.

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