Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Pacific Poultry Breeders Show

Poultry lovers, unite! Our birds bring us together.

I have looked forward to having a blog for a long time. So I am excited to be making my first post today. I intend to add new posts a couple of times a week, as events unfold and good poultry stories come my way.

Please share your stories with me and other poultry lovers. Poultry people have delightful stories to tell. Show announcements are welcome, too. We try to attend shows when ever we can.

We had a great time at the Pacific Poultry Breeders annual show at the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds in Stockton, California. People flocked to SPPA’s table to join up. A dozen signed up at the show, with more following up afterward.

More than 2,200 birds were entered in the show, which crowned a Light Brahma rooster Champion and a Bantam Rhode Island Red pullet Reserve Champion. Many rare breeds were on display, including two Dominiques.

We made friends with the clothing and accessories vendors at the next table, and when one of them bought a Buff Orpington rooster, we borrowed him as a Good Will Ambassador. People, especially poultry people, can’t resist a beautiful bird.

His color inspired his new owner to name him Morris, after the cat of commercial advertising fame. His disposition was calm and his demeanor superior. Morris allowed his worshippers to stroke his feathers and admire him.

His former owner made several visits to say good-bye and wish him well. When she saw the attention he was getting, she remarked that she should have brought along more roosters to sell!

We plan on making live birds a regular feature at the SPPA table by visiting the Sale area and inviting a participant to loan us birds for the duration. With the interest and traffic our table generates, we will probably have to replace birds frequently as they sell off!