Entries are Closing Soon!

Entries for the New Zealand National Show close this Sunday, May 28th, 2017.

You can still enter by downloading an entry form from our ‘National Show‘ sub-menu. Fill it out and either email it back (  or print it and hand it over at the Rangiora show. Sarah, our secretary, will be there and so will be Beth, our treasurer, and Mark, our president.

Payment can be made by cheque when handing the entry form over in person or by Internet banking. Details are outlined on the entry form.

Bookings for our dinner also can still be made – please use the appropriate form from our ‘National Show‘ sub-menu.

2017 South Island Poultry Show Dates

Dunedin Poultry Club

Show & Bird Sale is on 27 and 28 May

Forrester Park, North East Valley, Dunedin.

Opening Hours: Saturday 1pm – 6pm, Sunday 10.30am – 2.30pm


Oamaru Poultry, Pigeon & Canary Society

Show is on 21 and 22 July

Sports Hall, Itchen Street, Oamaru

Opening Hours:  Friday 2.00pm – 5pm, Saturday 9am – 4pm


Milton Poultry Club

Show is on 9th & 10 June

Coronation Hall, Union Street, Milton

Opening Hours: Friday 2pm – 5.30pm, Saturday 10.00am – 4.00pm


Waimate Poultry Club

Show is on 7 and 8 July

  1. & P. Showgrounds, Gorge Road, Waimate

Opening Hours: Friday from 2pm, Saturday 9am – 3pm.


Nelson Poultry and Pigeon Association

Show is on 3 and 4 June

Hope Hall, Main Road, Hope, Nelson


Ashburton Fanciers Society

Show is on 16 and 17 June

Sports Hall, Tancred St West, Ashburton

Opening Hours: Friday 2pm – 5pm, Saturday 10am to 3pm


North Canterbury Poultry & Pigeon Club

Show is 26 and 27 May

A & P Showgrounds, Ashley Street, Rangiora

Opening Hours: Friday 3pm – 6pm, Saturday 10am – 3.30pm


Christchurch Poultry, Bantam and Pigeon Club

National Show is on  23 and 24 June

294 Blenheim Road, Riccarton, Christchurch

Opening Hours: Friday 1pm – 6pm, Saturday 9am – 5.30pm


Email from Canada

Hello all

I wanted to thank all of you for sharing your stories with the world in the Pecking Order documentary.  I had the absolute pleasure of seeing it this morning here in Toronto Ontario Canada at a HotDocs screening.  I was invited by a friend and had no clue what I was going to see – what an absolute treat!  I loved every minute of it.  I laughed, groaned and might even have shed a happy tear or two.  You all opened my eyes to a world I knew nothing about and I know that I will now look at chickens with a totally new level of respect and with different eyes.

Your love of your chickens shone through – thank you for sharing that with the rest of us.


Alisa Metcalfe

Toronto, Ontario



Mark, our president, replied:

Hi Alisa

Thanks for those kind words. We get to see it for the first time on Tuesday night at the New Zealand premiere. For me in particular it’s a time of nervous anticipation of what it’s going to be like and what we come across like so your words are very reassuring.

When this documentary filming process started I anticipated it would be shown locally and to now find that it is being shown on the international stage at film festivals is quite overwhelming at times.  I find myself in demand for media interviews which is a totally different world to where I normally operate.  So it is great to hear that an outsider to this world such as yourself (from the other side of the world) saw the documentary and really enjoyed it.  I appreciate that you took the time to send the email and let us know what you thought.

Kind Regards

Mark Lilley


Christchurch Poultry, Bantam and Pigeon Club

Alisa’s reply to Mark’s email:

Hello Mark

The pleasure was sincerely all mine.  The documentary was very well received by the whole audience this morning so I think you can safely relax and sit back and enjoy your premiere showing.

In all honesty, I had absolutely no idea what it was about and within minutes of it starting I was enthralled.  Your world and love of chickens was beautifully captured but in a way that was real and poignant while also incredibly humorous and fun. 

I hope you love it as much as we all did.  Enjoy your moment in the spotlight – it is well deserved.



Pecking Order Movie Fundraiser

DSC09498tWatch the Pecking Order Movie on Sunday, May 21st, at 5pm at Hoyts Riccarton and help to raise funds for our 150th Anniversary Show.

Tickets $15.00 (normally $18)

To purchase your tickets please email

Seats are limited, first come first served.

2017 National Show Schedule

The Schedule for the 2017 National Show, the show entry form, the dinner registration form and the colouring-in competition can now be downloaded. Please go to the National Show menu for details.

If you would like to have a hard copy of our schedule sent out please email your name and your postal address to with ‘Schedule Request’ in the subject line.


Tip of the Week


Now is the last opportunity to treat scaley leg mite in your older birds in time for the winter shows. Birds are moulting in autumn and they do not only replace their old worn feathers with new ones but also the scales on their legs and feet.

The best method we are aware of is using teat salve (also known as udder cream). Have a look at our November 2016 newsletter for details (see NEWS).

Petroleum jelly does the job, too, and so do many other sticky salves and creams but these may need 2 or 3 applications, depending on the severity of the infestation.

Pecking Order Movie

The movie we’ve all been waiting for will open in cinemas around New Zealand on May 18th, 2017!

Watch the trailer:

Follow the team at Pecking Order on facebook:

#Pecking Order

In the lead-up to the film’s release, the team at Pecking Order  will publish facts about poultry and the members of the Christchurch Poultry, Bantam and Pigeon Club on a regular basis so don’t forget to check on the fb page #Pecking Order at least twice per week!



Next Meeting

Our next meeting will be on Monday,  June12th, at 7.30pm at 294 Blenheim Road.

Everyone Welcome!

Christchurch Poultry, Bantam and Pigeon Club

P O Box 8436


Christchurch 8440

February Tip #1


Introducing New Birds

When adding birds to your flock a new pecking order needs to be established. Hens can be very territorial and see any addition as intruders (unless, of course, you have a rooster who usually is happy to welcome new members to his harem).

It is prudent to keep the new birds separately for a fortnight. Ideally they should be able to see each other during this time.

Keeping new birds away from the resident hens serves two purposes: quarantine and a higher likelihood for a positive integration.

Quarantine is not only recommended to protect the resident birds. The new birds may not be immune to diseases your birds are immune to. A slow integration prevents the birds from suddenly being exposed to large quantities of infective material and they are more likely to be able to develop their own immunity without ever showing symptoms.

It is good practice to dust new birds with a lice powder like Diatomaceous Earth (DE) or a dog flea powder which is available from supermarkets and outlets that sell animal health products.

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