Flying high on victory
LINDSAY Cherry wasn’t all in a flap when his hen came away with Grand Champion bird of the show.
The champion bird, an unnamed Australian pit game hen, also seemed to be taking the win in her stride. “She’s just a chook,” Mr Cherry said. “I wasn’t expecting to win—it’s all up to the judges.”
Mr Cherry said the judges looked for unbroken feathers and took weight into consideration.
The five-year-old chook competed in the heavy weight division and still produced eggs.
Mr Cherry kept an eye on the chook’s progeny to see if she would produce more champions.
The chooks are kept free range and essentially left to their own devices.
“You look for type and outward appearance, like beauty,” Mr Cherry said.
“They catch your eye as they mature and you think, ‘oh, that one there might be alright’.”
Mr Cherry is quick to defend his birds when asked if they were vain.
“No, humans suffer from that,” he said.
PRETTY FOWL: Lindsay Cherry and his champion bird flew to great heights at Gayndah Show.