Who Will Take Home the Prize At the Rocky Mountain Poultry Show?
By Tom Seest
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The Colorado Rocky Mountain Feather Fanciers Poultry Show is a fun and informative event for bird enthusiasts and novices alike. It’s held in Denver, Colorado, each year in early May. The show typically features about 300 to 400 birds. Derrick’s birchen are among the birds competing in the show, along with his Belgian Bearded d’Anvers and Modern Game hens.
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Derrick has been raising birchen since 2001 and recently won Best of Show and Reserve Champion at the Colorado Rocky Mountain Feather Fancier’s Poultry Show. These birds are black with white trimming. To compete in the show, birchen must be trained to adopt a particular stance for the judges. When they strike this pose, they earn extra points. Derrick trains her birds with treats and hand signals.
Derrick has been involved in feathered animals since childhood, starting with her parents’ laying flock. She eventually moved on to exhibition poultry. She began collecting a wide variety of feathered creatures, including racer pigeons, finches from around the world, and ducks and turkeys. In fact, she loves all birds with feathers.
The Modern Game breed is a small, miniaturized version of the Old English Game, which was bred for cockfights in the early 1800s. As a result of the elimination of the fighting gene, the Modern Game Bantams are peaceful and docile.
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