Florrie and her chicks are much admired…
Another busy month has just gone by. Florrie went broody just at the right moment so that I had a chance of taking her with some chicks to the Mid Somerset Show at Shepton Mallet. I managed to procure four Copper Black Marans hatching eggs from a friend. Two hatched plus one egg hatched from my cross breed hens. So I had Florrie with three chicks to take to the show. Florrie was very calm and unbothered while she was sitting but became a lot more agitated when her chicks hatched. She was actually quite aggressive when it came to being on display at the show and did not like me picking up her precious chicks for visitors to hold; so we kept this to a minimum. Florrie was much admired and was particularly popular when one or two of her chicks were peeping out from under her feathers! She did her best to get as far away from the people at the show as she could so she was often squashed up against the little fence.
The poultry tent was as busy as ever, probably busier than last year, with plenty of birds and eggs entered into the various different categories and on show for everyone to look at. Supreme champion (Best in Show) was a white Pekin hen owned by Marcia Gilbert; Reserve Champion was a black Australorp bantam hen, also owned by Marcia Gilbert. The judge was the very experienced panel A show judge, David Copas; the white Pekin was deemed to have a good head and eye, short back, excellent front and cushion; type was more important than adornment. Both birds were very well presented and the Australorp took second place as a result of two feathers missing at her back!
Florrie with her chicks
A white Pekin