Flock far from hen-pecked
ACCORDING to her son Brodie, Robin Brown's chooks are better looked after than he is.
"And he's probably right," Robin, who has returned once again to the Maclean Showgrounds to exhibit her chooks, said yesterday.
Miss Brown took the week off work this week to prepare her flock of 38 poultry which is on display at the Maclean Show.
"The chooks really just rule your life," she said.
Weeks out from the show, Robin begins bathing, rinsing, and even blow-drying the chickens so they look their best for the judge.
"My secret to a well-presented chook is to add a drop of vinegar to the water they are bathed in", said Miss Brown.
"Everybody's got their own trick they use when preparing their chooks. Who knows if any of them actually work," she laughed.
"Some chooks don't like getting bathed, so you have to keep them calm. Call them sweetheart and darling and all that."
Ten years ago, Robin was scared of chooks. "I was absolutely terrified of them, you couldn't get me near one," she said.
"I started out with just a few chooks, and began breeding. All the chooks had names back then," said Miss Brown.
"Now I've got about 150 chooks, so I guess you could say there's a few too many to give them all names," she said with a widening grin.