Well… this post got lost somewhere along the line. So here it is, a bit a late but there is no way I am missing this report. I love the fair. There are few things that I look forward to quite like the fair. The bigger the better.
The NC State Fair takes place in October her in Raleigh. Being a livestock geek, you get to see cattle, pigs, goats, sheep, horses, mules, donkeys, chickens, turkeys,guinea fowl, geese, ducks and lots of other specialty animals. There is nothing like it, especially when you have some kind of personal investment (i.e. chickens). You get this nervous feeling in your stomach, winding through the rows of hundred of birds, looking for your babies, and finding them with ribbons!
We decided to enter 10 chickens. And we received 10 ribbons. Damn yes!
Blue Ribbons – FIRST PLACE:
1. Ms. Ancona (Ancona – pullet)
2. Schpreckles (aka Specks) (Speckled Sussex – pullet)
3. Goldie 1 (Gold-laced Wyandottes – pullet)
4. Silver 1 (Silver-laced Wyandotte – pullet)
5. Gobbles 1 (Light Brahma – cockerel)
6. Cornelia (Dorking (like Eric) – pullet)
Red Ribbons – SECOND PLACE:
7. Gobbles 2 (Light Brahma – cockerel)
8. Silver 2 (Silver-laced Wyandotte – pullet)
9. Goldie 2 (Gold-laced Wyandottes – pullet)
10. Big Jen (Light Brahma – pullet)
So cool. Downside, it is like sending your kids to preschool, essentially a huge petri dish of bacterial and viral infections. Our poor Schpreckles came home with Chronic Respiratory Disease. It is ubiquitous in all birds, just some fight it off and some don’t. We are way too compassionate when it comes to our birds. But it seems like when one gets sick or injured it always tends to be one of our favorites. Schpreckles is back to normal and has been reintroduced, but it has really made me take a good long look as to whether or not we will enter any birds that will come back to the farm…
Oh ya, and we get $$$ for our babies getting ribbons. We managed to rake in a net of $98 for our winnings and then we sold both Gobbles for $50. Not bad at all!
Coco Chanel: That is one nappy girl!
Fall update. Since the fair, everyone seems to be doing okay. But it’s time to molt (eject old feathers and replace with pretty new ones). It takes a lot of energy to do this so between that and the decrease in daylight length laying has taken a big hit. We have 23 layers and right now are pulling in about 6 eggs a day. Putting a big dent in the egg sales.
While they are going through their molting, they look pretty rough. We are getting late in the season for molting but Coco Chanel did not get that memo. And for some reason, she has decided to eject most of her feathers. As Eric says she looks like she was a truck. Then that truck back up over her a couple of times and then we buried her in Pet Cemetery, bringing together the quote “Sometimes dead is betta”.