I had never been to a poultry show before and I was incredibly excited to attend one. The Boston Poultry Expo was located west of Boston, closer to Worcester, Massachusetts. With my directions in hand, I exited off the Mass Pike and twisted along on Ennis Road; fresh with New England scenery. I soon arrived at Four Wind Farms. As I entered the exhibit hall, I was greeted by a large ice sculpture. Upon it sat eggs, that the exhibit birds had laid earlier that morning.
The exhibit hall was full of tables set in rows with numerous cages resting on top. Each cage had it’s own small feed and water cup with pine shavings on the floor. The poultry transportation cages were tucked neatly underneath the exhibit tables.
I am not entirely sure why I assumed that a poultry show would not be noisy. Perhaps, these birds were somehow refined. On the contrary, it was very noisy! Roosters, ducks and turkeys continually called out and letting their presence be known. Amazingly gorgeous birds were everywhere.
The judges took their time. Hours upon hours they inspected the birds both visually and physically. Some decisions seemed straightforward and other too complex for this novice to understand. The judge on the right has been raising poultry for most of his life.