Jan 29, 2014

Virtual Poultry Show! A Day at the Northeastern Poultry Congress

Virtual Poultry Show, Bantam Splash Sikie
The Northeastern Poultry Congress is held in Massachusetts annually and, as fate would have it,  it's only a fifteen minute drive from my house! Mr. Chicken Chick and I packed up two vehicles for our booth and headed to the show first thing in the morning. The day was filled with major feathered eye-candy, chatting with old and new peeps and catching up with several sponsors and we returned home with three new flock members. The American Poultry Association provides information to locate shows nationwide here. Do try to catch one if you've never been- they are a real treat.  I regret that I was unable to clone myself- I ran out of time to see all of the breeds in the competition, catch most of the presenters who attended and speak with all of the peeps that gathered at my booth to say hello, but did the best I could and am happy to share a peek at the day's events. 
Virtual Poultry Show, A Day at the Northeastern Poultry Congress
 Northeastern Poultry Congress, West Springfield, MA 2014
Kathy Shea Mormino, The Chicken Chick
Some of the junior chicken-keepers showing their peeps.
4-H students showing their birds
I caught a small portion of a riveting presentation by Dr. Michael Darre. Dr. Darre is a Professor of Animal Science at my alma mater, the University of Connecticut & the Department of Agriculture Extension Poultry Specialist for Connecticut & New England.
Dr. Michael Darre, Poultry Expert from the University of Connecticut
These Hobbit Hole Chicken Coops on display are hand-crafted by Roci Pillsbury of Wooden Wonders in Maine (Roci is shown in the next photo being interviewed by a reporter).
Wooden Wonders Hobbit Hole chicken coops
Roci Pillsbury, creator of Hobbit Hole Chicken Coops, Wooden Wonders
Each wire cage at the show is labelled with a "Coop Tag," which contains a great deal of information about the bird, including breed, sex, the chicken-keeper/exhibitor's identifying number and more. To learn how to read a Coop Tag, visit the Northeastern Poultry Congress' how-to here. I relied upon the Coop Tags to help identify the birds below, I apologize in advance if I got any of the identifying information wrong. I did the best I could in rushed circumstances. (Mr. Chicken Chick was texting me to return to our booth!) To learn more about many of the breeds that follow, I have provided clickable links to additional information.
 How to read a Coop Tag at a poultry show
 Tanner, a young exhibitor and his Serama cockerel.
Junior exhibitor with his Serama cockerel
White Modern Game Cock
White Modern Game Cock
Bantam Red Pyle Modern Game Cock
Bantam Red Pyle Modern Game Cock
Black Langshan pullet
Black Langshan Pullet
Black Langshan cock
Virtual Poultry Show, A Day at the Northeastern Poultry Congress
Bantam White Crested Blue Polish cockerel
Bantam WHITE CRESTED BLUE POLISH COCKEREL
The following photos are of double-tufted, rumpless, true Araucanas and they made my heart skip a beat. They were amazing! Read what makes them special in my article here.
Black Araucana
Black Araucana
Black Araucana chicken double tufted, rumpless
Black Araucana double tufted, rumpless chicken
True Araucana chicken, double tufted and rumpless
Black Araucana chicken double tufted rumpless
Black Araucana chicken
Black Araucana chicken
Bantam Mottled Houdan
Bantam Mottled Houdan pullet
Bantam frizzled White Crested Blue Polish.
Bantam White Crested Blue Polish Frizzle
Bantam Blue Laced Red Cornish Pullet
Virtual Poultry Show, A Day at the Northeastern Poultry Congress
Virtual Poultry Show, A Day at the Northeastern Poultry Congress
Bantam White Laced Red Cornish cockerel
Virtual Poultry Show, A Day at the Northeastern Poultry Congress
Virtual Poultry Show, A Day at the Northeastern Poultry Congress
Bantam Dark Cornish cock
Virtual Poultry Show, A Day at the Northeastern Poultry Congress
Virtual Poultry Show, A Day at the Northeastern Poultry Congress
Bantam Bearded Silver Laced Polish pullet
Virtual Poultry Show, A Day at the Northeastern Poultry Congress
Virtual Poultry Show, A Day at the Northeastern Poultry Congress
Bantam Feather legged Mille Fleur Belgian d'Uccle hen
Bantam Feather legged Mille Fleur Belgian d'Uccle hen
Bantam Feather legged Mille Fleur Belgian d'Uccle hen
Buff Cochin hen
BUFF COCHIN HEN
Buff Cochin male
BUFF COCHIN MALE
BUFF COCHIN CHICKEN
Buff Brahma
Buff Brahma CHICKEN
Light Brahma cock
Light Brahma cock
Light Brahma cock
Dreamy!
Light Brahma cock
Bantam Salmon Faverolle pullet
Bantam Salmon Faverolle pullet
Bantam Salmon Faverolle cockerel
Bantam Salmon Faverolle COCKEREL
Bantam Feather legged Black Langshan cock
Bantam Feather legged Black Langshan cock
Bantam Feather legged Black Langshan cock
Bantam Feather legged Splash Langshan cockerel
Bantam Feather legged Splash Langshan cockerel
Bantam Black Feather legged Langshan hen (who just laid an egg!)
Bantam Black Feather legged Langshan hen
Bantam Barred Cochin cock
Bantam Barred Cochin cock
Bantam Barred Cochin cock
Baby got BACK!
Bantam Barred Cochin cock
Bantam Barred Cochin cock
Bantam Buff Cochin cockerel
Bantam Buff Cochin cockerel
Bantam Red Cochin cockerel
Bantam Red Cochin cockerel
Large Fowl Blue Andalusian hen
Virtual Poultry Show, A Day at the Northeastern Poultry Congress
Virtual Poultry Show, A Day at the Northeastern Poultry Congress
Large Fowl Dominique cock
Virtual Poultry Show, A Day at the Northeastern Poultry Congress
Black Jersey Giant pair
Virtual Poultry Show, A Day at the Northeastern Poultry Congress
Ancona pullet
Ancona pullet
Blue Laced Red Wyandotte hen
Blue Laced Red Wyandotte hen
Bantam New Hampshire Red cockerel
Bantam New Hampshire Red cockerel
Bantam Golden Spangled Hamburg pullet
Bantam Golden Spangled Hamburg pullet
Bantam Golden Spangled Hamburg pullet
Bantam Golden Spangled Hamburg pullet
Bantam Buff Sebright pullet
Bantam Buff Sebright pullet
Bantam Buff Sebright cockerel
Bantam Buff Sebright cockerel
Bantam Buff Sebright cockerel
Bantam Silver Duckwing Old English Game cockerel
Bantam Silver Duckwing Old English Game cockerel
Bantam Silver Sebright hen
Virtual Poultry Show, A Day at the Northeastern Poultry Congress
Bantam Silver Sebright CHICKEN
Bantam Silver Sebright hen
Large Fowl Golden Spangled Hamburg hen
Large Fowl Golden Spangled Hamburg hen 
Large Fowl Golden Campine pullet
Large Fowl Golden Campine pullet
Large Fowl Golden Campine cockerel
Large Fowl Golden Campine cockerel
Large Fowl Golden Campine cockerel
Best of Breed, Large Fowl Golden Campine cockerel
Best of Breed, Large Fowl Golden Campine cockerel
Best of Breed, Large Fowl Golden Campine cockerel
LF Black La Fleche pullet (with frostbite on her wattle)
Virtual Poultry Show, A Day at the Northeastern Poultry Congress
I'm concerned about the color if this chicken's wattles. Not good. Not good at all.
LF Black La Fleche pullet (with frostbite on her wattle)
Bantam frizzled White Cochin. Fabulosity!
Bantam White Cochin Frizzle.
Bantam Red Cochin cockerel
Bantam Red Cochin cockerel
Angry bird is a Silver Pencilled Wyandotte.
Silver Pencilled Wyandotte chicken
Large Fowl Dominique cockerel with frostbite
Large Fowl Dominique cockerel with frostbite
Bantam White Cochin cock
Bantam White Cochin cock
LOOK at those shank feathers! Fabulous.
Bantam White Cochin cock
Bantam White Cochin cock
Bantam Splash Silkie
Bantam Splash Silkie
Bantam Buff Brahma cockerel
Bantam Buff Brahma cockerel
Large Fowl Silver Laced Wyandotte female
Large Fowl Silver Laced Wyandotte female
Large Fowl Silver Laced Wyandotte female
LF Blue Laced Red Wyandottes
LF Blue Laced Red Wyandottes
LF Blue Laced Red Wyandottes
LF New Hampshire Red cockerel
LF New Hampshire Red cockerel
LF New Hampshire Red cockerel
Bantam Silver Phoenix cockerel
Bantam Silver Phoenix cockerel
Bantam Silver Phoenix pullet
Bantam Silver Phoenix pullet
Bantam Silver Laced Wyandotte pullet
Bantam Silver Laced Wyandotte pullet
Bantam Silver Laced Wyandotte pullet
Bantam Rosecomb male
Bantam Rosecomb male
Bantam Rosecomb female
Bantam Rosecomb female
Sebastopol goose or gander, not sure which.
Sebastopol goose
Sebastopol goose
White and Red Capuchin pigeons
White and Red Capuchin pigeons
Cayuga duck
Cayuga duck
Dark Cornish pullets that we brought home!
Dark Cornish pullets
Our new Partridge Cochin pullet
Our new Partridge Cochin pullet
It was an exhausting weekend for all. 
Virtual Poultry Show, A Day at the Northeastern Poultry Congress
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Kathy Shea Mormino, The Chicken Chick®

99 comments :

  1. Victoria Midkiff1/29/14, 7:29 PM

    That splash silkie looks SO much like my splash silkie Imogene! Who would love those treats! ;)

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  2. Doreen Lapointe1/29/14, 7:33 PM

    My hens have never had these treats just a forage cake. Would love to enter and win these for my gals. Thank you. You are so helpful to all of us newbies.

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  3. Annmarie Mones1/29/14, 7:36 PM

    Wow! What a wonderful treat to see all these pictures! I can only imagine how great It was to be there. Thanks for sharing!

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  4. Valerie Mills1/29/14, 7:38 PM

    Would love to have the treats! And wow! What beautiful pictures!

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  5. Laura Moritz1/29/14, 7:38 PM

    what a lovely bunch of birds!! Looks like you had a great time :)

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  6. I loved going to the shows with my self blue Silkies. We actually won BV and RV one year. I kinda miss it, but haven't had the time lately.

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  7. Whitney Frise1/29/14, 7:45 PM

    I love the pictures. All the birds are beautiful. I m hoping to get to a show sometime. Thanks for sharing!

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  8. Cathryn Fant1/29/14, 7:46 PM

    They are all so beautiful even the one that doesn't look too happy. Thank you for the show!

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  9. Amazing pics. So want a Salmon Fav. I saw them at our state fair and fell in love but I could only order 4 chicks this year so if we lose any of our current girls or get a larger property they're at the top of my list for SURE. That white frizzle girl is AH-MAY-ZING! If I die I will be reincarnated as a white cochin frizzle.

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  10. Shel Reitmajer1/29/14, 7:47 PM

    Wonderful pictures! So gorgeous!

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  11. Such beautiful birds. Makes me want many more.

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  12. Rebecca Hollis1/29/14, 7:52 PM

    The pictures from the show are wonderful ..

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  13. Thank you for the photos! Too cool!

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  14. Donna McGlasson1/29/14, 7:54 PM

    Kathy, what fabulous photos! Thank you for sharing all those gorgeous birds with us. I'm hoping to get to a local show soon!

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  15. LaDonna Martin1/29/14, 7:54 PM

    Love the virtual chicken show!! Thanks!

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  16. JessicaHughett1/29/14, 7:55 PM

    I think I am in <3 with the Bantam Splash Silkie! =) Oh my! What a beautiful bird!

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  17. Debby Heyes1/29/14, 7:56 PM

    Thanks for the beautiful pictures. Such pretty birds.

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  18. Micah Fenton1/29/14, 7:57 PM

    how cool! im ready to go see a poultry show!

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  19. Nancy Miller Jones1/29/14, 7:57 PM

    My girls love these treats!!!

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  20. Oh my goodness, I want half of them at least! Gorgeous, remarkable, birds.

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  21. Those are gorgeous birds!

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  22. april Nickloy1/29/14, 8:04 PM

    Beautiful! I have been doing some Google research to find out what's breeds my 4 month old girls (and one oops boy) are. (I'm a subscriber)

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  23. How pretty! I love looking at all the photos. So many of the chickens on show seem to be bantams nowadays. Do you notice that too, or is it different at other shows?

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  24. Beth Simicich1/29/14, 8:08 PM

    Wish that I could have gone, too. Thank you for posting so many photos. I see a couple of breeds that I would want to get.

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  25. Teri Robinson1/29/14, 8:09 PM

    Oh, my chickens hope I win this! They get cranky without their Happy Hens treats!

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  26. Ti Martinez1/29/14, 8:10 PM

    Absolutely love your blog. Your chicken treat recipe rock and my girls are spoiled by them often!

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  27. I love looking at all of the varieties! I would like to attend a poultry show.

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  28. workinnanie1/29/14, 8:12 PM

    Some nice looking chickens at that show!

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  29. Amanda Wilson1/29/14, 8:13 PM

    Cool, never been to a show!

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  30. I loved the virtual show thank you for sharing.

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  31. Arlene Boyle1/29/14, 8:20 PM

    You did a wonderful job posting all those fabulous photos!! Bertha looks like she has a ring of flames around her neck, STUNNING!

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  32. Bianca DiRuocco1/29/14, 8:21 PM

    What beautiful birds! Now suffering serious chicken envy.

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  33. Maria Cooper1/29/14, 8:25 PM

    I wondered if there are any chickens that are friendlier then others? thank you for posting this. I have been trying to find a name to go with the picture of the "silkie" I want to get

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  34. I want one of each! I wish we could have more than 6 here...I am in love with chickens!!!

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  35. Christine Morgan1/29/14, 8:39 PM

    Thank you for sharing all these beautiful birds! I will be attending my first large poultry show in the fall and can't wait!

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  36. Nicole Weiss1/29/14, 8:53 PM

    The photos are awesome! Love it so many amazing chickens so little time! I will have to re look at you best breeds post to see which I can hope to share my home with in the future! Thanks again Kathy I love this truly makes my day, defiantly needed lovely birds!

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  37. Jennifer Leigh Dace1/29/14, 8:55 PM

    I would love to win this prize pack for my little flock. This is my first year to have chickens.

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  38. Kris Nelson1/29/14, 8:55 PM

    So many pretty, pretty birds. I am afraid I would walk away with a whole bunch! Thank you for showing them to us!

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  39. Wow... Great pictures. Such beautiful birds. I'm addicted to chickens already and I my flock doesn't arrive until March. Cheers to chickens.

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  40. This looks like a great giveaway!!!!

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  41. Jen Coghlan1/29/14, 9:18 PM

    Thank you for the virtual tour! It seems all the cool stuff happens on the coast, not the heartland. I love the silver laced pattern. It is my favorite.

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  42. Drooling in arkansas! Beautiful gents and ladies!!

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  43. Would love to win these. I'm sure my girls would love them.

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  44. Jessica Huszar-Yoshimoto1/29/14, 9:29 PM

    Those pictures are making me drool and wish I could have roosters! Gorgeous!

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  45. Jamie Burgan1/29/14, 9:31 PM

    Beautiful chickens!! I love this list and I'll definitely return to it when I start adding to my chicken collection. I'm a new chicken owner so its a real treat to see all the gorgeous breeds ♥

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  46. Great pictures from the show! Makes me want to buy more chickens.

    Like that beautiful Light Brahma Cock...he is "Dreamy" for sure. :)

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  47. How did you only come home with a few! I would have been out of control! OMG how beautiful they all are and I want 1 of each!!!!

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  48. TheChickenChick1/29/14, 10:18 PM

    Believe me, I was limited ONLY by the selection available!

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  49. TheChickenChick1/29/14, 10:18 PM

    Thanks Heather!

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  50. TheChickenChick1/29/14, 10:18 PM

    Welcome to chicken keeping, Jamie!

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  51. TheChickenChick1/29/14, 10:19 PM

    Jen, check out the link to the American Poultry Association, they list LOTS of poultry shows all over the country! There's a huge one in Ohio, can you make it there?

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  52. TheChickenChick1/29/14, 10:20 PM

    Thanks Nicole!

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  53. TheChickenChick1/29/14, 10:20 PM

    Fun! Which one, Christine?

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  54. TheChickenChick1/29/14, 10:21 PM

    There definitely are.

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  55. TheChickenChick1/29/14, 10:21 PM

    Thanks Arlene. It took forever to match up my notes about which bird is which breed! lol

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  56. TheChickenChick1/29/14, 10:22 PM

    And I probably didn't see half of them- the show was HUGE!

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  57. TheChickenChick1/29/14, 10:23 PM

    Thanks Ti! (nice avatar. LOL!)

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  58. TheChickenChick1/29/14, 10:24 PM

    I took more photos of bantams b/c those are the rows I walked during the show. I didn't get to most of the large fowl birds. I was pulled in too many directions that day!

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  59. TheChickenChick1/29/14, 10:24 PM

    Thank you Debby!

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  60. TheChickenChick1/29/14, 10:24 PM

    I know, right?!

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  61. TheChickenChick1/29/14, 10:25 PM

    Thanks Donna. The pics are actually crummy, but it's hard to photograph through bars of a cage! lol

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  62. TheChickenChick1/29/14, 10:25 PM

    Thanks Rebecca!

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  63. TheChickenChick1/29/14, 10:25 PM

    Thanks Shel!

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  64. TheChickenChick1/29/14, 10:25 PM

    Awesome!

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  65. TheChickenChick1/29/14, 10:26 PM

    Thank you Valerie.

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  66. TheChickenChick1/29/14, 10:26 PM

    It was a BLAST!

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  67. Mandy A Meierotto1/29/14, 10:30 PM

    Wow that was certainly larger than the 1 or 2 I've been to lately. I've wondered myself how to read the cage cards.

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  68. This would be so wonderful to win. You have the most fabulous giveaways! Thank you for sharing the tour of the congress those birds really kick up my chicken addiction by a million percent that's for sure!

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  69. TheChickenChick1/29/14, 10:37 PM

    Thanks Barb. Mission accomplished! :D

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  70. Christine Morgan1/29/14, 10:40 PM

    The Wisconsin International Poultry Show in Portage WI. Early October. About 170 miles from me, but only 30 miles from my mother's house. Maybe I will make her come with me. :-)

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  71. Brinda Tillery1/29/14, 10:41 PM

    I'll take one of each breed!

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  72. I loved all those chicken pics! Thanks for sharing!!

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  73. Christine Morgan1/29/14, 10:53 PM

    Last year the entry was just over 2100. Chicken heaven!

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  74. Beautiful birds you picked out! Thanks for sharing pics of all those awesome birds, I hope that one with the pale cone was ok.

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  75. Sharron Johnson1/29/14, 11:40 PM

    Wow! Thanks so much for sharing all of these! That was a lot of work! And thank Mr. CC for holding down the fort so you could take all these fab pics! As soon as I finish typing, I'm going back to the link to see if I can locate a show anywhere within a few hours of me. I didn't even know these kind of shows existed! Oh, and thanks for the give a way, you're (and your sponsors!) are awesome!

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  76. I don't know which ones I like the best. They are all so beautiful!

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  77. Happy Hen Treats Gimmie Gimmie!

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  78. Enjoyed the pics brings back memories. Funniest thing that happened at a show to us was my daughter won 2nd place with a random cockerel. He was just the extra bird the hatchery sent with our chick order....really nothing special I guess the judge just liked him (or maybe her)

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  79. Katlyn Koester1/30/14, 7:57 AM

    So beautiful! I'd like so many of those breeds I'd turn my backyard into a rainbow of birds!

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  80. Kelly Mosley1/30/14, 9:21 AM

    The white Cochin frizzle and the splash Silkie are my favorites!!!!!

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  81. Love your pictures and information. Glad I discovered your blog!

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  82. Tracy McCready1/30/14, 2:07 PM

    LOVE all the photos! I wish there was a poultry show close to me. Maybe it's a good thing there isn't, though. I would come home with so many! I couldn't resist!!!

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  83. TheChickenChick1/30/14, 2:15 PM

    That's wonderful. :)

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  84. Thank You, Great Blog! We love our chicks!

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  85. Photos look great! You wrote on one that the hens waddles looked bad. I lost a hen a few weeks ago and she looked pale like the one you mentioned but was otherwise acting normal. I am still wondering what happened to her, the rest of my flock are fine. Can you let me know why you think that hen in your photo looked bad and what it can be a sign of? I have been looking through books trying to find why our beloved hen died so suddenly! Thanks for any info.

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  86. Thanks for sharing so many photos of this event.
    I follow with Bloglovin.

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  87. Andrea Manfredo1/30/14, 3:46 PM

    So many beautiful chickens ! How do you choose? My head is spinning just looking at those photos.

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  88. TheChickenChick1/30/14, 6:14 PM

    It could be an indicator of a lot of things from illness, disease, worms, etc. The only way to know for sure why a chicken dies is to get a necropsy.

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  89. Thank you for sharing the photos, They are amazing!

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  90. I have a Sebastopol Goose name Lucy, she looks just like that one! She's a big mouth, I can't imagine taking her to a show LOL!!!! Love her non the less. I would want one of every chicken there. Talk about kids in a candy store! :)

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  91. There were some awesome birds there. Thanks for sharing pics. I think you had way too much fun!

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  92. Tina Allsbrooks1/31/14, 10:29 AM

    Wonderful pics! Never been to a poultry show, but on bucket list of things to do. Thanks for sharing!

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  93. Kelly O'Malley1/31/14, 1:54 PM

    So stinking cute! I am totally in love with the Silver Sebright colorations! Gorgeous!!!

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  94. Sweet deal

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  95. Jennifer Martirano1/31/14, 1:55 PM

    I love having pet chickens :)

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  96. Debi Chandler1/31/14, 1:55 PM

    Love you daily post.

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  97. Maggie Vansickle1/31/14, 1:56 PM

    OH MY! That goos is amazing! and that Fizzle Cochin... SWOON!!!! I wish I wish!
    I would Love to win the trays my girls LOVE their treats too ;)

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  98. Patricia Graves1/31/14, 1:58 PM

    Oh wow! So many pretties! I would have wanted one of each... make that two... ;)

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