Tuesday, July 20, 2010

The 4 H Fair Continued, The Poultry Barn

Today we will be visiting the Poultry Barn. 4-H displays hundreds of different types of chickens, turkeys, ducks, geese, and game fowl. Here is an assortment of some of the interesting breeds that were there.

 This chicken doesn't have mainge, it's not molting, it didn't get half plucked, it's a Naked Neck chicken. I've read somewhere that they were bred for warmer climates and dissipate heat from their bare skin, similar to a turkey. They look hilarious as a chick!

This is a Silkie, they come in many color varieties including Blue! This (I believe) is a Golden. The interesting thing about Silkies is that they never develop full primary feathers, their feathers are split like a heavy down. They aren't good flyer's but make excellent mothers. We have a Silkie and she is the broodiest chicken I've ever seen, she will sit on any thing. They also have black skin, beaks and bones. They were developed in Japan.

This (I think) is a Partridge Cochin. The Partridge is a color and consists of a beautiful layering of rich rusts, chocolates and mahogany feathers. She was plumped and comfortable, sleeping in a warn ray of sunshine.

This spectacular bird is a Sumatra Chicken. The tail is amazing and gives this breed a regal appearance. The Sumatra is a very rare breed and its personality is more closely related to a wild game bird than a domestic chicken.

 This is a Jacobean Pigeon. It is distinguished by the hood of feathers that extend from the neck.

No idea? Some sort of Pigeon with a huge chest? Suggestions welcome.

This is an African Goose. So loud! I think geese sound like what I'd imagine a dinosaurs to sound like, or something prehistoric... i-dunno, maybe that's just me.

I'm not sure if this is a Holland White or a Giant White, but this turkey was beautiful, the coloring on it;s head was deep and vibrant. While we were in the Poultry Barn, there was a little girl with a musical recorder, I'm assuming she won it at one of the carnival games, anyway, she would squeak it and all the turkeys, in sink, would gobble. They sounded like they were all laughing, then everyone near the turkeys was laughing.


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