Stan Silliltoe of Rous Mill, with an Old English Game, will be at the Alstonville Show.
Stan Silliltoe of Rous Mill, with an Old English Game, will be at the Alstonville Show. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

Chooks will look very chic at the Alstonville Show

WHEN getting ready for a poultry show, a good manicure is important - for the chooks, that is.

Stan Sillitoe of Rous Mill has been showing his chooks for about 20 years, so he's got the preparation routine well and truly sorted out.

"First I've got to catch them," he said.

"They run around bloody everywhere.

"The white ones will need to be washed; the others just need their feet and legs cleaned up.

"They get manicures and I clip their eyebrows.

"But other than that, there's not a real lot to do."

HE’S GAME: Stan Sillitoe of Rous Mill, shown with an Old English Game, will be at the Alstonville Show.
HE’S GAME: Stan Sillitoe of Rous Mill, shown with an Old English Game, will be at the Alstonville Show. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

Poultry has been an important part of the Alstonville Show for its 125-year history - every year since it started in 1888 chooks have been exhibited.

Co-ordinator of the section, Bob Fowler reckons that's a pretty good effort.

And to commemorate the milestone, the poultry shed is looking better than ever, with volunteers spending the past few months sprucing it up.

Alstonville Show will be on October 25-26.

"We've done a lot of work," Mr Fowler said.

"We've got a concrete floor now and the pens have new fronts on them.

"Now that all the work is done, we're really looking forward to the show. The shed's looking good - it'll probably keep us going for another 125 years."

Mr Sillitoe was just one of the workers who helped out at the poultry shed.

"I've painted every single pen," he said.

"We've fixed it all up and we're really happy with how it's turned out."

The poultry section normally had about 220 birds.



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