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Poultry pens huge numbers at Roma Show

CLUCKY: Tyson Campbell and judges Damian Frith and Karen Plich at the Roma Show poultry judging.
CLUCKY: Tyson Campbell and judges Damian Frith and Karen Plich at the Roma Show poultry judging. Rory Hession

DAY two of the Roma Show started off with the sound of hundreds of birds filling the air as the poultry judging got under way.

More than 550 of the feathered friends packed into the poultry shed as residents and tourists alike were wowed by the impressive range on display.

Organiser of the show's poultry section, Tyson Campbell, said this year was the largest penning of birds they've ever had.

This year's display also had the support of the Rhode Island Club of Queensland who delivered over 100 Rhode Islands.

"We had a Rhode Island feature this year with a lot of people travelling from south-east Queensland bringing large numbers,” Mr Campbell said.

"We've even got the national president of the Rhode Island Club of Australia here.”

Judging for the poultry section was no small feat, taking around four hours to decide on which birds deserved the top gongs.

"The Champion Bird of Show was awarded to Linda Jones with a Rhode Island Red Single Comb Bantam Pullet,” Mr Campbell said.

"When judging Rhode Island Reds they need to look like a brick, their back needs to be flat, their chest needs to be at 90 degrees to their back, their feathers need to be a deep shiny mahogany red all over and they can't have any white in them.

"They also need to have a nice beak and head so there's a lot that goes in to the judging of them.”

There were also prizes awarded for the champion ducks, geese, turkeys, roosters, canaries, budgerigars, finches, quails, doves, lovebirds and parrots on show.


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