This is a discussion on Chicks !!! within the Livestock forums, part of the Survival Food Procurement category; Originally Posted by beach23bum I would love to see more pictures of the big blue water and how the chicks get the water. Here is ...
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In AZ, NPIP really means nothing, I don't even think the shows require it, I know that they didn't, and NPIP has been around since the 30's when backyard egg ranches were the norm.
I agree it doesn't mean much, the first time I bought chicks I made sure to get them from an NPIP breeder but now realize the testing doesn't screen for Marek's or some of the other most worrisome diseases. Shows in Georgia do require a NPIP certificate or proof that they are Pullorum Typhoid free. Some of the big shows will do spot testing at the door.
Would love to go to a poultry show one of these days.
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This story got me thinking about this old partner I used to have who was raised up around Jouston. He said his granny always order her baby chicks from Sears and Roebuck and they come in alive and well in slated crates. Well he was apparently a mean little five year old when he found the crates and started letting the baby chicks loose into the hog trough. The big sow come over and started gobbling them up like Orville Reddenbackers popping corn as they hit the deck. It was not a nice story and he got his coola spanked properly.
The video I posted above is a retired show hen about 7 or 8 years old, got her a few years ago. They make great pets as they are used to be handled. Sometimes I imagine entering her and her sister just for kicks. She is likely too old to win but she is probably in better shape now than when she was caged as a show bird. She has a huge 40x40 ft run, has raised a few clutches of layer chicks, and gets to free range in the backyard a few times a week. She may have more muscle mass/tone than the younger contenders.
Do you show birds? Other than grooming it doesn't seem difficult, there aren't any paperwork requirements, for GA residents they will spot test for PT at the door without AI testing (I am paranoid as heck about influenza tests, I don't want to gov anywhere near my birds). But I realize there is very stiff competition to actually win, especially among the popular breeds.
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I "show" my birds the sharp end of a hatchet when they stop maximum egg production which is generally about 3 years. Those who keep chickens as pets absolutely crack me up.
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