Advertisement
 
Thursday, February 11, 2016
Amsterdam, NY ,

 

Advertisement

Trick is to make sure you don't ruffle any feathers

Friday, August 29, 2014 - Updated: 10:28 AM

By NICOLE ANTONUCCI

Recorder News Staff

FONDA -- The roosters were crowing and the chickens were clucking Thursday as Poultry Judge James Matts made his way among the cages in the rabbit and poultry barn.

It was the open poultry show and Matts was trying to find the winners.

Each chicken was taken from its cage and held with one hand as he inspected each part of the body before placing them back in the cage and marking their identification tags.

He said he was checking the leg cover, the wing cover, the tone of the feathers, and the body type.

"There are different classes and they are all bred to specific standards," he said. "The condition of the animal is the most important. It tells me how well they are cared for."

Nearby, Marigrace Hoag of Canajoharie watched Matts, anxiously waiting for him to reach her cages. Hoag had several chickens being shown.

"I like to hear what he has to say about the chickens," she said. "It helps me decide whether I should buy different ones or if the ones I have are good enough."

In addition to the chickens, Hoag said she had 40 rabbits at the fair which are taking up two aisles.

"I come every year," she said, adding she has been showing rabbits since she was 8 years old.

Now, however, it's about the kids, which is how she got involved with the poultry.

"My son is allergic to rabbits so we got the chickens," she said.

     

Comments made about this article - 0 Total

Comment on this article

Advertisement
Subscribe to The Recorder

 

The Recorder Sports Schedule

Most Popular

    Area high school sports calendar
    Friday, February 05, 2016

    Car crashes into Amsterdam home
    Saturday, February 06, 2016

    Golf board, city council at odds over setting fees
    Saturday, February 06, 2016

    Four face charges after fights at school
    Wednesday, February 10, 2016

    Officials express concern wage hike will hurt business
    Monday, February 08, 2016

    Concerns spark resignations
    Tuesday, February 09, 2016

    Michael J. Lais
    Saturday, February 06, 2016

    Amsterdam leaders eye Downtown Revitalization Initiative grant
    Friday, February 05, 2016

    Family begins endowment to help Make-A-Wish kids
    Monday, February 08, 2016

    Donations lining up to help develop park in East End
    Monday, February 08, 2016

Advertisement

Copyright © McClary Media, Inc.

Privacy Policies: The Recorder

Contact Us

Twitter

Instagram

Facebook