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Knowing your stuff?

Posted: 29 Apr 2017, 18:09
by Gameboy1980
We all have to start somewhere and that usually starts at the very bottom of the fountain of knowledge!

We can all go and buy £10-20 bird and not really worry about the quality as most of the time it’s just for egg production.

But what happens when you want to take the next steps and buy your first good quality birds that may have (show quality)? I mean let’s face it, no breeder is ever going to sell you their best birds.
I am just in the progress of looking for my first show quality birds.

I have been told about a chap who has some birds for sale. He is a top breeder so I am sure that he will have some good stock but when they say to you “do you want a £20 pet or I have birds that range between £50 and £250 it’s a little daunting!

As a beginner how can you tell what the difference is? Yes you can study the breed standards but knowing your stuff on the day of purchase is scary stuff, especially when you are potentially handing over hundreds of pounds!

Where do you start? Any advice gratefully received.


Re: Knowing your stuff?

Posted: 30 Apr 2017, 13:05
by kated
Hi Gameboy and welcome

If you want the best you do have to buy from the best. Most breeders will be helpful to beginners in showing and give you advice willingly. If you find a breeder with really good birds, ask him/her if they ever sell eggs and hatch some yourself. That way you are may well get something worthwhile. If that isn't possible then save up and get a really good stock cockerel. The best you can possibly afford. Then buy more mediocre (and therefore cheaper) hens and do your own breeding. You will learn a lot and have a real chance of getting something show-able.

Hope that helps

Re: Knowing your stuff?

Posted: 02 Dec 2017, 13:08
by Castle Farm Powys
If you went out and bought a show winning bird at the highest level You don't buy that bird...You buy the birds it was bred from.
A lot depends on the breed you want, some breeders would be unlikely to sell anything that might come back and beat them in a class.

Utility breeders on the other hand, welcome buyers, as it gives them credit for perfecting their line of poultry. It takes many years to be able to select a breeding bird not only on what you see, but all the other factors of that bird that you cant see.

Re: Knowing your stuff?

Posted: 22 Jan 2018, 10:38
by subruss
You need to be careful when buying show birds they are not always as true to type as they should be they are bred to show ie looks shape and colour, A good example of this is buff Orpingtons, supposed to be a utility bird ie good for eating and laying eggs a lot of the show birds you see are all feathers and an extreme shape not enough weight on the cockerels and don't lay many eggs. Good if you want to show but pretty useless for anything else and breeders of the good utility birds are getting harder to find