Ruffling feathers at Lismore show
BIRDS of a feather will flock to Lismore Showground this weekend for the 109th Lismore poultry show, the Poultry Spectacular.
John Gibson, of Gundurimba, will be showing about 40 of his 300 fowls which willinclude Wyandotte, White Leghorns, Australorps and Old English Game.
With more than 50 years of breeding experience Mr Gibson said he had never seen so much interest in poultrybefore.
“I think it’s part of sustainable living,” Mr Gibson said.
“People like a few laying chooks in the backyard.”
More than 1000 poultry and waterfowls will be exhibited and judged with about 150 lots up for auction on day two of the show.
The auction is expected to attract buyers from Victoria, Toowoomba and Warwick.
This will be the first time there has been an auction at the show.
Organisers say the show will provide people thinking about keeping chooks with a chance to see the variety of breeds available.
They will also be able to talk to chook breeders and learn about how to keep chooks.
There will be chook taming demonstrations, chook petting and bird washing classes.
Visitors will also have the opportunity to bid on birds from Australia’s best pure-bred poultry flocks.
Feature breeds will be Wyandotte and Indian Game.
Judging will begin at 8.30am today and will be to the Australian poultry standard.
The show is being hosted by the Lismore Poultry Club.
Viewing of the poultry before Sunday’s auction is at 7am with the auction beginning at 10am.
At 8pm tomorrow there will be a poultry keeping seminar with a panel of experts.