Raising Show Chickens to Strut Their Stuff
Some chickens are born and bred to be shown.
Chickens bred for show do not typically do as well when it comes to meat and egg production as those breeds that are specifically bred for the purpose of laying or meat production.
Show chickens are judged using a variety of criteria that includes:
- Color of plumage (feathers)
- Ear lobes
Each chicken is judged by comparing it to the established standards for its breed.
For fun or if you might be interested in competing, your family can research some of the various types of chickens listed here along with the various criteria used to judge chickens.
In most cases the roosters (like the one pictured above) are going to be better than hens for showing off color and feather characteristics.
Unique Show Chickens
- Polish – Known as a crested breed, they look like they have a feather
duster on their head. Also known as the ‘Polen’, they are one of the most
unusual and beautiful chicken breeds you will find. They come in a
variety of colors.
- Houdan – Known for fancy feathering, being crested, bearded and
sometimes having five toes. Houdan chickens are wild and wacky looking.
- Sebright – Beautifully laced show bird and a true bantam chicken.
- Silver Spangled Hamburgs – Ornamental birds, trim and stylish with
delicate features. Besides Silver Spangled, they are also found in golden
spangled and golden and silver penciled.
- Silkie –These birds are a giant ball of silky (hence the name) feathers that look a lot more more like puffed up goose down than chicken feathers.
- Blue Andalusian – Very showy with their large red combs.
- White Laced Red Cornish – Each of the feathers is a dark, deep, red color, laced with white.
- Golden Laced Wyandottes – Combination of rich golden bay laced with
lustrous greenish black.
- White Faced Black Spanish – Graceful and stylish with glossy black
plumage, large red comb and long, hanging white face and ear lobes – striking
- Partridge Rocks – The male is strongly colored with a glossy green tinted black breast and body along with black hackle and saddle
feathers with an edging of bright, intense red. Recognized as a distinct breed in 1909.
- Top Hat Special – Looks like they are wearing top hats.
- Buttercups – The golden color and cup-shaped comb are the basis for
their very descriptive name.
- Silver Leghorns – This rare and beautiful bird is known for it's extremely attractive plumage. Males are a combination of silvery white and a glossy, greenish
black. Females have silvery gray necks, backs and wings, and gorgeous salmon colored shading on the breast.
- Sumatras – This rare and handsome breed is from the island of Sumatra, it has a small comb and wattles. Sumatras have an elegant, long tail along with glossy greenish-black coloring throughout their feathers.
- Golden Campines – Very old and rare breed, this breed features a wonderful combination of glossy black along with golden bay to make a distinctive
barred feather pattern.
Great Family Hobby
For a lot of us, a bad economy has meant less money to spend on the things we used to enjoy; things like attending sporting events, concerts,
going out to dinner, or the movies.
Fortunately, having a few show chickens can help
fill the gap and maybe even lessen the pain.
For something fun to do with the kids (this will probably work better with younger kids than teens), you can make a family day out of learning about your chickens and practicing for the shows by having mock competitions right at home.
Raising chickens for show is great hobby that that just keeps growing in popularity.
There are shows and competitions on the local, state, and even national level where you and your pet chicken can get out there and strut your stuff on the cheap!
If you like chickens, you'll probably love Show Chickens with all their bright colors, striking plumage, and occasionally weird looking features.
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