Virtual Poultry Show! A Day at the Northeastern Poultry Congress

Virtual Poultry Show, Bantam Splash Sikie
The Northeastern Poultry Congress is held in Massachusetts annually and, as fate would have it, it’s only a fifteen minute drive from my house!

Mr. Chicken Chick and I packed up two vehicles for our booth and headed to the show first thing in the morning. The day was filled with major feathered eye-candy, chatting with old and new peeps and catching up with several sponsors and we returned home with three new flock members.

The American Poultry Association provides information to locate shows nationwide here. Do try to catch one if you’ve never been- they are a real treat.  I regret that I was unable to clone myself- I ran out of time to see all of the breeds in the competition, catch most of the presenters who attended and speak with all of the peeps that gathered at my booth to say hello, but did the best I could and am happy to share a peek at the day’s events.Virtual Poultry Show, A Day at the Northeastern Poultry CongressNortheastern Poultry Congress, West Springfield, MA 2014

4-H students showing their birds
Some of the junior chicken-keepers showing their peeps

I caught a small portion of a riveting presentation by Dr. Michael Darre. Dr. Darre is a Professor of Animal Science at my alma mater, the University of Connecticut & the Department of Agriculture Extension Poultry Specialist for Connecticut & New England.
Dr. Michael Darre, Poultry Expert from the University of ConnecticutEach wire cage at the show is labelled with a “Coop Tag,” which contains a great deal of information about the bird, including breed, sex, the chicken-keeper/exhibitor’s identifying number and more. To learn how to read a Coop Tag, visit the Northeastern Poultry Congress’ how-to here. I relied upon the Coop Tags to help identify the birds below, I apologize in advance if I got any of the identifying information wrong. I did the best I could in rushed circumstances. (Mr. Chicken Chick was texting me to return to our booth!) To learn more about many of the breeds that follow, I have provided clickable links to additional information.
How to read a Coop Tag at a poultry show

Junior exhibitor with his Serama cockerel
Tanner, a young exhibitor and his Serama cockerel

White Modern Game Cock
White Modern Game Cock

Bantam Red Pyle Modern Game Cock
Bantam Red Pyle Modern Game Cock

Black Langshan Pullet
Black Langshan pullet

Virtual Poultry Show, A Day at the Northeastern Poultry Congress
Black Langshan cock

Bantam WHITE CRESTED BLUE POLISH COCKEREL
Bantam White Crested Blue Polish cockerel

The following photos are of double-tufted, rumpless, true Araucanas and they made my heart skip a beat. They were amazing! Read what makes them special in my article here.
Black Araucana
Black Araucana
Black Araucana chicken double tufted, rumpless
Black Araucana double tufted, rumpless chicken
True Araucana chicken, double tufted and rumpless
Black Araucana chicken double tufted rumpless
Black Araucana chicken
Black Araucana chicken

Bantam Mottled Houdan pullet
Bantam Mottled Houdan

Bantam White Crested Blue Polish Frizzle
Bantam frizzled White Crested Blue Polish

Virtual Poultry Show, A Day at the Northeastern Poultry Congress
Bantam Blue Laced Red Cornish Pullet

Virtual Poultry Show, A Day at the Northeastern Poultry Congress

Virtual Poultry Show, A Day at the Northeastern Poultry Congress
Bantam White Laced Red Cornish cockerel

Virtual Poultry Show, A Day at the Northeastern Poultry Congress

Virtual Poultry Show, A Day at the Northeastern Poultry Congress
Bantam Dark Cornish cock

Virtual Poultry Show, A Day at the Northeastern Poultry Congress

Virtual Poultry Show, A Day at the Northeastern Poultry Congress
Bantam Bearded Silver Laced Polish pullet

Virtual Poultry Show, A Day at the Northeastern Poultry Congress

Bantam Feather legged Mille Fleur Belgian d'Uccle hen
Bantam Feather legged Mille Fleur Belgian d’Uccle hen

Bantam Feather legged Mille Fleur Belgian d'Uccle hen

BUFF COCHIN HEN
Buff Cochin hen

BUFF COCHIN MALE
Buff Cochin male

BUFF COCHIN CHICKEN

Buff Brahma CHICKEN
Buff Brahma

Light Brahma cock
Light Brahma cock

Light Brahma cock

Light Brahma cock
Dreamy!

Bantam Salmon Faverolle pullet
Bantam Salmon Faverolle pullet

Bantam Salmon Faverolle COCKEREL
Bantam Salmon Faverolle cockerel

Bantam Feather legged Black Langshan cock
Bantam Feather legged Black Langshan cock

Bantam Feather legged Black Langshan cock

Bantam Feather legged Splash Langshan cockerel
Bantam Feather legged Splash Langshan cockerel

Bantam Black Feather legged Langshan hen
Bantam Black Feather legged Langshan hen (who just laid an egg!)

Bantam Barred Cochin cock
Bantam Barred Cochin cock

Bantam Barred Cochin cock

Bantam Barred Cochin cock
Baby got BACK!

Bantam Barred Cochin cock

Bantam Buff Cochin cockerel
Bantam Buff Cochin cockerel

Bantam Red Cochin cockerel
Bantam Red Cochin cockerel

Virtual Poultry Show, A Day at the Northeastern Poultry Congress
Large Fowl Blue Andalusian hen

Virtual Poultry Show, A Day at the Northeastern Poultry Congress

Virtual Poultry Show, A Day at the Northeastern Poultry Congress
Large Fowl Dominique cock

Virtual Poultry Show, A Day at the Northeastern Poultry Congress
Black Jersey Giant pair

Ancona pullet
Ancona pullet

Blue Laced Red Wyandotte hen
Blue Laced Red Wyandotte hen

Bantam New Hampshire Red cockerel
Bantam New Hampshire Red cockerel

Bantam Golden Spangled Hamburg pullet
Bantam Golden Spangled Hamburg pullet

Bantam Golden Spangled Hamburg pullet
Bantam Golden Spangled Hamburg pullet

Bantam Buff Sebright pullet
Bantam Buff Sebright pullet

Bantam Buff Sebright cockerel
Bantam Buff Sebright cockerel

Bantam Buff Sebright cockerel

Bantam Silver Duckwing Old English Game cockerel
Bantam Silver Duckwing Old English Game cockerel

Virtual Poultry Show, A Day at the Northeastern Poultry Congress
Bantam Silver Sebright hen

Bantam Silver Sebright CHICKEN
Bantam Silver Sebright hen

Large Fowl Golden Spangled Hamburg hen
Large Fowl Golden Spangled Hamburg hen

Large Fowl Golden Campine pullet
Large Fowl Golden Campine pullet

Large Fowl Golden Campine cockerel
Large Fowl Golden Campine cockerel

Large Fowl Golden Campine cockerel

Best of Breed, Large Fowl Golden Campine cockerel
Best of Breed, Large Fowl Golden Campine cockerel

Best of Breed, Large Fowl Golden Campine cockerel

Virtual Poultry Show, A Day at the Northeastern Poultry Congress
LF Black La Fleche pullet (with frostbite on her wattle)

LF Black La Fleche pullet (with frostbite on her wattle)
I’m concerned about the color if this chicken’s wattles. Not good. Not good at all

Bantam White Cochin Frizzle.
Bantam frizzled White Cochin. Fabulosity!

Bantam Red Cochin cockerel
Bantam Red Cochin cockerel

Silver Pencilled Wyandotte chicken
Angry bird is a Silver Pencilled Wyandotte

Large Fowl Dominique cockerel with frostbite
Large Fowl Dominique cockerel with frostbite

Bantam White Cochin cock
Bantam White Cochin cock

Bantam White Cochin cock
LOOK at those shank feathers! Fabulous.

Bantam White Cochin cock

Bantam Splash Silkie
Bantam Splash Silkie

Bantam Buff Brahma cockerel
Bantam Buff Brahma cockerel

Large Fowl Silver Laced Wyandotte female
Large Fowl Silver Laced Wyandotte female

Large Fowl Silver Laced Wyandotte female

LF Blue Laced Red Wyandottes
LF Blue Laced Red Wyandottes

LF Blue Laced Red Wyandottes

LF New Hampshire Red cockerel
LF New Hampshire Red cockerel

LF New Hampshire Red cockerel

Bantam Silver Phoenix cockerel
Bantam Silver Phoenix cockerel

Bantam Silver Phoenix pullet
Bantam Silver Phoenix pullet

Bantam Silver Laced Wyandotte pullet
Bantam Silver Laced Wyandotte pullet

Bantam Silver Laced Wyandotte pullet

Bantam Rosecomb male
Bantam Rosecomb male

Bantam Rosecomb female
Bantam Rosecomb female

Sebastopol goose
Sebastopol goose or gander, not sure which

Sebastopol goose

White and Red Capuchin pigeons
White and Red Capuchin pigeons

Cayuga duck
Cayuga duck

Dark Cornish pullets
Dark Cornish pullets that we brought home!

Our new Partridge Cochin pullet
Our new Partridge Cochin pullet

Virtual Poultry Show, A Day at the Northeastern Poultry Congress
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Oh wow! So many pretties! I would have wanted one of each… make that two… 😉

Maggie Vansickle
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Maggie Vansickle

OH MY! That goos is amazing! and that Fizzle Cochin… SWOON!!!! I wish I wish!
I would Love to win the trays my girls LOVE their treats too 😉

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Debi Chandler

Love you daily post.

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I love having pet chickens 🙂

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