Christian's showbird from last year died unexpectedly on her nest box and Gabe's showbird was killed by some sort of feline--I suspect it was a bobcat but I have no proof. It could have been a feral cat, judging by the little footprints left in the frost.
Those deaths really put a damper on going forward with poultry.
Nevertheless, Christian decided to purchase a Creme Splash Dutch Cockerel from a breeder. Gabe was determined to show the standard birds we already had. He later found out that he had to do showmanship in order to do breed, so he purchased two bantam chicks from the feedstore. He was also given "Gertrude" an old buff Sebright, from the petting zoo we sometimes help out at. Gertrude was older and mellower, so she became his showmanship bird. The chicks became breed show birds.
Kyri bought a pair of Self-Blue Belgian d'Uccles from the same breeder Christian visited.
And so another year of 4H has come and gone. The kids love their leader, Irish, and she does a great job schooling them on breeds and what's needed to raise chickens. Here are the pictures of the boys and their birds from the Pima County Fair shows:
|Farmer G with his Dark Cornish Rooster "Lil Devil" aka "Glare Jr"|
|Farmer C with his Dutch Rooster "Shimmer"|
|Farmer K with his rooster "Zeus"|
|Farmer G showing off his Showmanship ribbons he won with "Gertrude"|