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Impressions from our National Show

We have taken plenty of photos and you’ll be able to view them by going to ‘National Show’. Here just one photo of the Best in Show Poultry – a beautiful White Wyandotte pullet, exhibited by Michael Ashton.

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Beautifully presented this photo does not do her justice. She is snow white and a very big pullet. She stood out among the other Wyandottes to become Best Heavy Breed and she was judged Best in Show at the New Zealand National Show 2017.

Pecking Order Movie

Have you seen the Pecking Order Movie? Did you enjoy it?

If your answer to both questions is yes – please place feedback at the following sites:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt6760956/?ref_=nv_sr_2

https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/pecking_order

 

Pecking Order will feature at the Edinburgh International Film Festival in late June/early July where there will be a lot of buyers. Let’s not deprive overseas viewers of seeing this true Kiwi classic. Let’s give overseas fanciers a helping hand with their shows.

Since the release of Pecking Order, the number of daily views at this website has increased dramatically. If this translates to more people visiting poultry shows that’s a very positive outcome for all fanciers.

 

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.

Sincerely

Alisa Metcalfe

Toronto, Ontario

Canada

 

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

President

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.

Alisa

 

Tip of the Week

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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:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eyqrX4ySvKg

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 meetings are held on the 2nd Monday of each month except January. During daylight saving our meetings start at 8pm, otherwise start time is 7.30pm. Meetings are held at the clubrooms at 294 Blenheim Road (Table Tennis Canterbury Stadium, just opposite the Big Red Shed).

Everyone Welcome!

Christchurch Poultry, Bantam and Pigeon Club

P O Box 8436

Riccarton

Christchurch 8440

Upcoming meeting dates:

August 14, 7.30pm

September 11, 7.30pm

October 9, 8pm (Annual General Meeting)

November 13, 8pm

December 11, 8pm

February Tip #1

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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.

January Tip #3

A certain sign – apart from crowing – that a chick is male are shiny pointy saddle feathers. They can appear from 12 weeks of age onwards but in some breeds they may take up to 20 weeks to appear.

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These pointy feathers become very obvious when using a piece of paper.

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Pullets (see picture below) only have rounded feathers.

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In henny feathered breeds like the Sebright the males don’t grow shiny pointy feathers.

The presence of these shiny pointy feathers is a sure sign it is a male but their absence doesn’t guarantee it’s a female.

January Tip #2

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One of the most likely pitfalls when buying heritage breed pullets is that the buyer ends up with males and not females.

The image above shows a pair of young Buff Cochins. They are about 6 weeks old. Only the male on the right shows quite a bit of comb growth. The wattles are often a better indicator of the gender, especially in breeds with rose, pea or walnut combs. The wattles are the red dangly bits under the beak. The pullet on the left has much smaller wattles than the male on the right. It is important that only chicks from the same breed at the same age are compared.

 

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