Saturday, February 18, 2012

Trip to the Poultry Show

Today, the three "big" kids and I headed to Newnan to the big poultry show.  I have been to a few goat shows before (even won a few ribbons), but never to a poultry show!  With our newfound respect for biosecurity, we went prepared.  The kids and I wore clothes and shoes that could all be washed in hot water.  We each took a full change of clothes (and shoes) with us, and changed after the show at Grandmomma and Granddaddy's house.  Everything we wore to the show went right into a trash bag... and right into the washer.  I'm not sure how people buy birds at these shows without risking taking a silent carrier home to infect their flock.  No amount of quarantine will show that you have a carrier of some horrible respiratory illness!  We learned the hard way, and now that we have a totally closed flock, we aren't taking any chances!

The kids and I really enjoyed the show.  The judges walked around to judge the birds... no ring or parading around (I was wondering how they would get a chicken to "show"!).  There were gorgeous chickens, ducks, geese, and turkeys.  Ivey was really in love with the silkies.  Her and Asa both went nuts over them.... like many other people are these days.  Who knows, maybe we have a pet silkie in our future.  I was surprised to have been drawn to the geese, of all things.  I know they can be very mean, but these show geese were absolutely fabulous looking.  When we finally move to the farm, we may have to research the values and benefits of raising geese!

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