Award winning chickens deliver another win
RAISING chickens was just a hobby for Glen Anderson but now that his chickens have won awards from Grafton to Brisbane it has become much more.
"I started out with five chickens, you know just for the eggs and to have something to do, but now I have 100 of the things," the Palmers Island resident said.
Mr Anderson's devotion paid off at the Royal Queensland Show in Brisbane last week when his birds won the Champion Black Silkie and Champion White Silkie awards. The wins are just the latest since he began competing.
"I've showed everywhere around here; Grafton, Mac-lean, Coffs Harbour, but I went to the Queensland Show to see how I do," he said.
"There aren't many people around here that show, sadly, but in Queensland it seems like everyone does it so there's plenty of competition up there to test my chickens again."
The Royal Queensland Show, or the Ekka, attracts more than 400,000 visitors a year.
The event is a showcase of Queensland culture, produce and resources but entry is not restricted to those who live in the sunshine state.
"There were a lot of people showing there so it's great that I managed to steal the win off of them," Mr Anderson said.
The Silkie chickens that Mr Anderson raises, named for their silky fur-like feathers, are one of the most popular ornamental breeds of chicken.
"They're good birds but they need more care than just your regular garden variety chicken," Mr Anderson said.
"You need wood shavings on the ground because they have real fluffy feet and when they get wet their feathers are just ruined for the show so you need to keep them dry.
"They're a bit fancier than other chooks though so it's worth the extra effort."
This year's triumph in Brisbane is not enough for Mr Anderson though and he's already planning to go back next year, hoping to score yet more awards with his birds.
"Of course I'm going back," he said. "I'm sure my chooks can win a few more awards for me up there."