Leif Taylor, Searletown – President
James Butler, Alliston – Vice President
Trevor MacDonald, Murray River – Secretary
Stephen Webster, Tarantum – Treasurer
Volume 33 Number 5 December, 2015
The Royal Winter Fair poultry show was once again held over two days. A good show took place on November 10 and 11. There were 687 birds shown this year, a decrease of 141 over last year. While the number have dropped in the last couple of years, the Royal remains a good show. It was encouraging to see some first-time Royal exhibitors in the show.
The judges for this year’s Royal were Serge Poulin, Bedford, Que. (Standards), John Hoekstra, Wyoming Ont. (Bantams), James Konecny, Lake Barrington, Illinois (Waterfowl & Turkeys), and Jeff Waite, Belleville, Ont. (Pigeons).
The following division winners were claimed: Champion Continental (Silver Spangled Hamburg cock), Reserve S.C.C.L. (Grey Japanese pullet), Champion A.O.C.C.L. (Black-Red Malay cock), and Reserve A.O.C.C.L. (Wheaten Malay hen). All won by Trevor MacDonald.
As usual, a number of birds were brought back to the Island from the show. Hopefully they will make it through the winter and appear at next year’s shows.
S T A N D A R D S: BARRED PLYMOUTH ROCK: 1c Greg Oakes. SILVER LACED WYANDOTTE: 1k, 1p Oakes. JERSEY GIANT: 2c G. Oakes. CHANTECLER: 1-BOB-2c, 3,4h, 1,2k, 3,4p G. Oakes. SILVER SPANGLED HAMBURG: 1-BOB-c, 2h, 1k, 1p Trevor MacDonald. A.O.V. HAMBURG: 1h, 1k, 1p T. MacDonald. MODERN GAME: 2c, 1h, 1k, 1p T. MacDonald. B A N T A M S: BLACK TAILED JAPANESE: 1h T. MacDonald. A.O.V. JAPANESE: 1k, 1-BOB-p. WHITE PLYMOUTH ROCK: 2p T. MacDonald. S.C. LIGHT BROWN LEGHORN: 1c, 1-BOB-h, 1p Steve Webster. HAMBURG: 1c, 1h, 1-BOB-k, 1p T. MacDonald. PARTRIDGE WYANDOTTE: 1c, 1h S. Webster. A.O.V. A.O.C.C.L.: 1-BOB-c, 1h T. MacDonald. LIGHT BRAHMA: 1c, 1h, 1k, 1p S. Webster. A.O.V. FEATHER LEG: 1c, 1-BOB-h, 1p S. Webster. D U C K S: CAYUGA: 2,3om, 1ym Elana Oakes. WHITE CALL: 1om E. Oakes. GREY CALL: 2ym Doug King*. BLACK EAST INDIE: 4om G. Oakes. G E E S E: POMERANIAN: 1-BOB-om, 1of, 1yf G. Oakes. T U R K E Y S: BRONZE: 1om G. Oakes. P I G E O N S: CHINESE OWL: 1-BOB-c, 1h T. MacDonald. RACING HOMER: 1c, 3h T. MacDonald.
*Island exhibitor, non-member
TERRIFIC FACTS ABOUT TURKEYS
1. The centrepiece of many a Thanksgiving (and Christmas) dinner once sported a beard? Well, sort of. The hairlike bristles that grow from the chest of male turkeys and sometimes hens are actually specialized feathers called meso filoplumes that grow from a single folicle. They can be lenthy, with some bird beards touching the ground, though feeding tends to wear down the ends, according to the Pennsylvania Game Commission. Though scientists are not certain of the purpose of the filoplumes, they could serve a sensory function.
2. A turkey’s wishbone – the one you and your sister pull from opposite ends to see who gets the middle nodule – is formed by the fusion of the bird’s two collarbones. Also called a furcular, the bone serves as the connecting point for muscles and a brace for the wings. During the bird’s flapping (yes, turkeys can fly at a clip of 50 mph in short bursts), the wishbone acts as a spring to store and release energy. This elasticity is also the reason snapping a wishbone before it dries is so tough.
3. Because turkeys are so large and heavy – with the heftiest wild turkey weighing 37 pounds (17 kg), according to the National Wild Turkey Federation – it’s often assumed that these big birds stick to the ground. In fact, turkeys prefer to sleep perched atop tree branches, where they are safe from predators, which include the coyotes, foxes, and raccoons. They often sleep in flocks, and upon waking, call out a series of soft yelps before descending to make sure that the rest of their roosting group is okay after a night of not seeing or hearing one another.
4. Don’t be disappointed if the turkey you see at the farm refuses to gobble – it’s probably a female, which is called a hen. Male turkeys are sometimes called gobblers (tom is the proper name), because they are the only ones that can make that adorable gobbling sound. Each male turkey has his own unique gobbling “technique”, which he combines with strutting to attract potential mates. Female turkeys communicate through clucks and small, chirp-like noises.
5. If you feel groggy after an old-fashioned Thanksgiving or Christmas meal, the bird on your plate may be partially to blame. Turkey meat contains tryptophan, an amino acid that the body uses to make serotonin, a neurotransmitter in the brain that helps regulate sleep. However, all meat contains tryptophan at comparable levels. Other tryptophan-rich foods include cheese, nuts and shellfish.
What makes the Thanksgiving or Christmas meal so memorably tiring is the mix of meat with carbohydrates. Carbs from stuffing, sweet potatoes, bread, pie, and sugary sweets stimulate the release of insulin, which then triggers the uptake of most amino acids – except for tryptophan – from the blood into the muscles. With the other amino acids swept out of bloodstream, tryptophan doesn’t have to compete with them and is better able to make its way to the brain to help produce serotonin, which then preps you for sleep.
NOTES OF INTEREST
March 5 – NEXT MEETING (At the Winter Show, Kensington)
-CLUB ITEMS FOR SALE: T-shirts – $13.00 and Crests – $4.00. Contact the secretary for items. It is not too late to get some for Christmas gifts.
-In the event that a winter meeting should be cancelled due to poor weather, the cancellation will be announced over CFCY and Ocean 100 radio stations. If you do not hear a cancellation on the radio and think there is a possibility that a meeting may be cancelled, give the secretary a call, 962-3307.
-As you can see from the front page of this month’s newsletter, Island exhibitors had a good showing at the Royal.
-A reminder that the Property Indetification Forms which have become policy of the Department of Agriculture only have to be submitted once. If you happen to receive one and have already submitted your form to the Department, simply ignore it.
-WELCOME to the association is extended to Jane Young, Mount Mellick.
-FOR SALE: Pair Barnacle Geese (3-4 years old), a variety of two-hole and four-hole show boxes, and wire cages. Contact Brian MacInnis, Traveller’s Rest 436-4983. 01/16