Poultry show for the birds

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer

Chaos reigns for a moment in the poultry barn as a chicken flies into the rafters.

A crowd gathers to catch the hen, and she flies out and into the arms of a woman. With a surprised look and a cheer from the crowd, the woman hands her off to the owner.

With the hen caught, area 4-H Club and FFA members continue to bring their poultry entries into the barn for the Roosevelt County Fair.

“The American Poultry Association has a judging standard and we want the poultry to match those standards,” said Poultry Superintendent Steve Beaty.

Type, color and breed are just a few of those standards that the judge will look for at today’s show, which begins at 9 a.m. An open show will be held Saturday.

Several types of poultry breeds fill the barn. They include game birds, waterfowl, turkeys, bantam and large fowl, and guineas. Approximately 400 birds are expected at this year’s junior and open shows.

Hana Weaver, 14, of Causey, has some of the more unusual poultry entered in the junior show. She has entered a Naraganst turkey and Contrinx quail, which she has raised, as well as Rhode Island Red chickens and a frizzle chicken.

Hana has been helping her dad raise quail for the better part of her life, and this is the first year she has showed them.

“I like it when they’re babies. Some of them you can play with and get them where they’re tame,” said Hana.

Sisters Megan and Hannah Stacy have entered ducks and chickens in the junior show. This will be the third year that Megan has shown and the first for Hannah. The sisters said they enjoyed playing with their animals as well as feeding and showing them.

A rooster crowing contest will be held today at 1 p.m. for the junior show contestants. The rooster that crows the most in two minutes will win. A trophy and cash prize will go to the owner of the winning rooster. The entry fee will be $2 per bird.

Pat Malone, from Dallas will judge the open show, which as the name implies is open to everyone. Beaty will judge the junior show. He said competitors come from as far as Texas and Oklahoma.