It’s Show Time!
Our first show was in 2015 at the Heart of Dixie show, in Anniston, AL, on October 10th. While I’ve had a great deal of experience with showing dogs and horses, this was my first foray into the world of poultry competition and I was a nervous wreck! How do you bath a chicken? What grooming do you do on a show chicken? What do all those funny marks the judges make on the coop cards mean?
Well, I’ve garnered a bit of experience since that first show – although I still don’t know what those funny marks mean – and here are some of my results.
Heart of Dixie, Anniston, AL – 10-14-17
First show of the season for Sand Castles Farm! A rough start to the morning, after hitting a deer on I-20, but one of my black pullets brought home CH AOSB for both shows. One of my blue pullets also won Best of Variety.
19 Large Fowl Ameraucana judged, with 4 exhibitors.
Ten Governors Classic, Edgefield, SC – 2/25/17
Spring has always been my favorite time of the year in the poultry world, and yesterday’s show at Edgefield further confirmed that! Sand Castles Farm is proud to announce our very first Show Grand Champion! A young black cockerel, 10 months old, won Grand Champion, Champion Large Fowl, CH AOSB, Best of Breed, and Best of Variety in the first show. He also won Champion AOSB, Best of Breed, and Best of Variety again in the second show.
The 2016 fall show season is long over, but the trophies and rosettes still hang on the mantle. Not a bad season, after a somewhat tentative start. I thought that dang ear surgery was going to put a hiatus on everything, but with the help of friends (John Womack, LaVern Faile, Pete Brucker), we did make it out to 4 shows.
Heart of Dixie Poultry Show, Anniston, AL – 10/8/16
First show of this season was the Heart of Dixie Poultry Show in Anniston, Ala. We brought home CH AOSB with one of my black hens and Res CH AOSB with one of my blues. Next up – SE District Meet at Forsyth Fowl Fanciers in Winston-Salem, NC 11/26/16. 4 LF Ameraucanas entered, 1 exhibitor
Forsyth Fowl Fanciers, 11/26/16, Winston-Salem, NC. This was also the South East District ABC Meet and I’m very happy and proud to have brought home the 2016 SE District Champion Ameraucana! “Sonny” also won Champion AOSB, Best of Breed, and Best of Variety, out of 50 Ameraucanas entered. We also brought home the Best of Variety and Reserve Best of Variety with two of my blue pullets, bred by Sharon Yorks of Ohio. 28 LF Ameraucanas entered, 22 Bantam Ameraucanas entered, 9 exhibitors
- BV BB CH AOSB CH Ameraucana Black Cockerel
by Susan Mouw
- ABC Meet Report Forsyth Fowl Fanciers, 11-26-16
Dixie Classic, 12/3-4/16, Knoxville, TN. Well, my 2016 SE District Champion proved himself again, bringing home Best of Breed, out of 22 large fowl Ameraucanas entered. He was pulled for consideration for AOSB, but one of those gorgeous black sumatras took home the prize and the Phoenix took Reserve. We also brought home Best of Variety and Reserve Best of Variety with two of my blue pullets, out of 4 blues entered. 22 LF Ameraucanas, 12 Bantam Ameraucanas, 5 exhibitors.
- BV BB Black Cockerel
by Susan Mouw
- ABC Meet Report Dixie Classic, 12-3&4-16
Cape Fear Poultry Show, 12/10/16, Smithfield, NC. And my 2016 SE District Champion did it again with Champion AOSB and one of my black pullets brought home Reserve Champion AOSB. Two birds on Champion row! Great way to close out the 2016 show season. 7 LF Ameraucanas entered – 4 judged, 2 Bantam Ameraucanas, 3 exhibitors.
Spring shows are always tough, because your best birds are in the breeding pens. While that is the goal of a breeding farm, it is tough on conditioning for those birds you want to show and you want to breed. Nevertheless, I loaded up the car for a couple of nice shows in SC.
Low Country Classic, Blackville, SC – 2/6/16
Max and three of his hens made the trek back down to Blackville for the spring Low Country Classic. He wasn’t in condition, after being in the breeding pen for a couple of months, but he still managed to bring home some nice ribbons. He brought home Reserve Best of Breed, and two of my black hens took Champion AOSB – one in the first show and another in the second show.
Ten Governors Classic, Edgefield, SC 2-27-16
Pulling birds out of the breeding pens to take to shows is not a good idea, but I did it again at the end of February. Max was looking especially out of condition, and the judge’s opinions agreed. But it was still a fun show and gave a couple of my younger birds a chance to show off. This was another double show, with the first show judged by Glenn See and the second by Daniel Dysart.
Glenn liked my black hen, #72R (same one that won CH AOSB 2x in Anniston 10-10-16), and she took BV, BB, and Reserve CH AOSB. Max took RV, and RB.
Daniel saw things a little differently and gave my wheaten cock BV, BB, and Res CH AOSB, with the same black hen, #72R, taking home RB.
Heart of Dixie, Anniston, AL – 10/10/2015
I took 6 pullets – 4 Blue Wheaten pullets and 2 black pullets. The Blue Wheatens were from my breeding, but the two blacks were bred by Paul Smith and raised from chicks at Sand Castles Farm. This was a double show and I was the only one with Ameraucanas entered. It was a very long day!
In the first show, one of my favorite black pullets won Best of Variety, Best of Breed, and Champion AOSB! The other black pullet won Reserve Best of Variety. One of the Blue Wheaten pullets won Best of Variety, Reserve Best of Breed, and Reserve Champion AOSB. Another Blue Wheaten pullet took Reserve Best of Variety. I didn’t drive home – I floated!
The second show went much like the first, except that judge decided the other black pullet was nicer than the blue wheaten pullet and she took Reserve Best of Breed and Reserve Champion AOSB. The same black pullet won Best of Variety, Best of Breed, and Champion AOSB.
Low Country Classic – Blackville, SC, 12/5/15
Another double show, with the first show being the Ameraucana Breeders Club South East District Meet! There were 27 large fowl Ameraucanas entered, and 12 bantams. Members from the South East District came from as far as West Virginia. I loaded up the car with 2 black cockerels, 3 black pullets, 4 blue wheaten pullets, 1 blue wheaten cockerel, and 1 wheaten cockerel.
“Max” my foundation black cockerel, bred by Clif Redden did very well! He won Best of Variety, Best of Breed, and Champion AOSB under both judges, then went on to bring home Champion LF in one and Reserve Champion LF in the other! Then, since this was a District Meet, the two judges got together to judge for Champion and Reserve Champion Ameraucana over all the Ameraucanas entered – both large fowl and bantam. I am particularly proud to have that beautiful rosette hanging off my mantle!
My Blue Wheaten cockerel won Reserve Best of Breed in the both shows. That was another very nice ride home.