If you are a beginner like me, the coop tags look like a bunch of abbreviations that mean nothing. And without the help of others it is hard to understand what the different items mean. Pictured here is a coop tag from my Dark Brahma hen’s cage:
I will start at the top: The variety means the coloring of the bird of a specific breed and in this case I had a dark brahma. If I was showing a light brahma the variety would be light (hopefully you get what I mean).
Breed is self-explanatory. My poultry breed of choice was Brahma (gotta love those feather-legs!).
Next it marks the sex by age. A Cock is a rooster over 1 year old; a hen is a pullet over 1 year old; a cockerel is a male chicken under one year old, and a pullet is a female chicken under one year old. The hen I was showing was over 2 years old.
Next is the judging box. When being judged they put checkmarks in the upper left corner (I’m not positive what it means so won’t go there). After checking off they rate the birds in the competition by number, such as 1 thru 5. This girl got #1.
Being she got number one that means she is best in something. In this case she got: BV-Best Variety (meaning coloring, her looks); BB-Best Breed (meaning best of this breed); and then they wrote Best Asiatic (this is a big deal). This means she won top of the Asiatic Class. The Asiatic Class includes Brahmas, Cochins, and Langshans (all feather legs). With the Best Asiatic winning this put her on champion row! (The 16 on the card was my breeder registration number).
All this info was alot to take in yesterday but I finally got it all figured out today. A few fellow Brahma breeders helped to educate me on the different markings and also what I should be doing for future poultry shows.
Yesterday with this being my first show and the temperatures extraordinarily cold (freezing is more like it), I had my doubts whether I would be showing after this attempt. My chicken friend, Shannon, made it to the show yesterday before I got there and she called me and said, “I don’t get it!” I remember thinking the same thing last year. But I think we both begin to see what all the hub-bub was about when we were one isle over watching the judges judging my chickens.
Shannon called it stalking the judges (which you are not supposed to do) and I was just tired of waiting on them to judge since they waited until after lunch to judge the Asiatics. We were peaking through the cages trying to figure out what all the scribbles meant when we saw that my hen got BB and BV. I knew this was good but then the judge came back and wrote something else that we couldn’t read so I wasn’t sure to be glad or not. Once I found it was best of the class I knew what this thing called showing chickens was all about. It’s about winning and thinking you got a good bird!
Here she is in all her glory. If you will note she not only won Best of her breed but she also won Reserve Large Fowl Grand Champion! This means she came in 2nd, right after the Grand Champion. I am now looking at this chicken/hen in a totally different light. . Just so you know, in this show if you make it to Champion Row there is a little money involved; especially for the Grand Champions. So she brought home the bacon (or chicken feed today).
I bought this hen from Susan Nicolas in Dunnellon, FL, and she was a competitor in the same show. She was as thrilled as me to see one of her previous birds do so well. I received two plaques and a cash winning of $70.00! Fowl Visions Poultry is honored to have such a bird.
On my way out, someone from Georgia handed me information about an upcoming show in Newnan, GA in February. Will it be warm enough? Will Alan Jackson be there? I’m considering going but I will definitely go if Allan will show up!