Flocking for Feathers: California Fanciers Unite
By Tom Seest
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The California Central Coast Feather Fanciers is a great place to learn about all things poultry. The organization is a great grassroots resource that supports youth in the poultry industry and has a scholarship program for high school students. This show is also a great place to meet other local poultry enthusiasts.
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The American Poultry Association (APA) and the American Bantam Association are the two primary national poultry exhibition organizations. Both promote the improvement of domestic fowl and purebred poultry. The APA represents turkeys, guineafowl, and waterfowl, while the ABA focuses on chickens. There are also specialty breed organizations. These groups organize competition meets for their specific breeds within the shows.
Many poultry shows are divided into classes based on sex, age, and breed. Poultry shows are great opportunities for high school students to showcase their animals. Some even have scholarship programs for students to attend the shows and learn about poultry issues that affect their community.
There are many vendors, including breeders, who sell their hens. A number of local farms sell a variety of poultry, including many rare species. There are also many websites where you can learn about and purchase your favorite breed. Some of these sites have forums for discussing the poultry hobby.
If you’re looking for a new hobby or a way to support local poultry farmers, the Youth Exhibition Poultry Association (YEPA) is a great place to start. This nonprofit organization offers a variety of programs for young poultry enthusiasts. The Patricia Woodland Memorial Fund is one of those programs and is intended to further the advancement of youth in the field of poultry. To qualify for the fund, you must be a youth member of CCFF, 4-H, or FFA and reside in San Luis Obispo County.
OC Seramas is a California-based organization that organizes tabletop drama shows. Founded in 1942, the group now has four locations and many partners. Its members have successfully held numerous tabletop poultry shows throughout the United States. The group also works with other poultry organizations in California to incorporate tabletop serama events into ABA/APA-sanctioned shows.
Unlike UK-style poultry shows, Seramas don’t compete in small cages and are judged on their feathers. Rather, they perform on a table in front of a large audience. Some of these events can be quite competitive, with countless entries from chicken enthusiasts. The judges consider different factors, such as tail length, color, and style.
For the Serama to be crowned a winner, it must possess the attributes of divine beauty. First, its feathers must be in good condition. The feathers should show no signs of damage, fading, or scrubbing. Secondly, its body must be upright and show no sign of discomfort, such as excessive squatting. The body must also touch the tail without any gap. Double-breasted Seramas are a popular choice in the competition.
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