A grand cham­pion by any other name is just as sweet

Chinchilla News - - LIFE -

WHEN Barb Cor­mack’s boys flew the coop and headed to board­ing school, she found her­self with plenty of time on her hands.

Now she’s look­ing af­ter a brood of a dif­fer­ent kind – and if the prizes are any­thing to go by, she’s do­ing well at it too.

This white stan­dard wyan­dotte might not have a name yet (“geez, he must be the first one I haven’t named,” Mrs Cor­mack said) but that hasn’t stopped him from col­lect­ing grand cham­pion bird at the Wan­doan Show and as of this week, the Miles Show.

Judge Ray Steel said he chose the Gu­luguba res­i­dent’s bird as grand cham­pion be­cause he was “true to type, in good, clean con­di­tion and a good head”.

De­spite only be­ing 8-9 months old, Mr Steel was im­pressed with his size.

“Been fed pretty well, hasn’t he?” he said, chuck­ling. Mrs Cor­mack has been show­ing chooks for about five or six years now.

Her boys used to show chooks when they were younger, but while their in­ter­est waned, Mrs Cor­mack’s is as strong as ever.

“I just en­joy their dif­fer­ent per­son­al­i­ties,” she said.

“They’re quiet and placid... some­times they get a bit clucky and broody, they’re a bit feisty some­times.

“Some­times you think, God I wish we didn’t have an­i­mals but yeah... they’re like every­one. They have good days and they have bad days.”

As for the name­less two-time grand cham­pion, Mrs Cor­mack said he was off to Chin­chilla next week, be­fore tak­ing a break.

“He’ll be well and truly sick of it by then,” she said.

It is the first time in 30 years that the Miles Show has put on a poul­try pav­il­ion, af­ter the shed was burned down three decades ago. Stew­ards Jenny Noe and Kim Hill were the driv­ing force be­hind get­ting it back up and run­ning.

The stew­ards wished to thank the wool pav­il­ion for shar­ing their shed, and to Wan­doan and Tara for do­nat­ing their cages, as well as the pav­il­ion’s spon­sors.

PHOTO: MATTHEW NEW­TON

LEFT: Barb Cor­mack with her grand cham­pion stan­dard wyan­dotte at the Miles Show on Sun­day.

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