Fly­ing high on vic­tory

Central and North Burnett Times - - GAYNDAH SHOW -

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.

PHOTO: KATHER­INE KOKKO­NEN

PRETTY FOWL: Lind­say Cherry and his cham­pion bird flew to great heights at Gayn­dah Show.

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