Leif Taylor, Searletown – President
James Butler, Alliston – Vice President
Trevor MacDonald, Murray River – Secretary
Stephen Webster, Tarantum – Treasurer
Volume 33 Number 8 February, 2016
Our fourteenth annual Winter Show is scheduled for March 5. There will be classes for Standards, Bantams, Ducks, Geese, and Pigeons. The entry form is enclosed with this month’s newsletter.
Date: Saturday, March 5, 2016 (Storm date: Sunday, March 6)
Location: Carpernters Inc., 12 Park Rd., Kensington
Arrival: Before 10:00 A.M.
Departure: After judging is completed and awards are presented.
Entry fee: $1.00 per entry. Fees to be sent with entry. Note that lunch is not being provided this year. There are several dining establishments in Kensington for everyone to go to.
Birds will be placed from first to fourth. A Best of Breed will be selected in each breed. Ribbons will be available upon request.
Trophies will be awarded for Champion and Reserve Standard, Bantam, Duck, Goose, and Pigeon. Trophies will also be awarded for the Grand Champion of the Show and the Champion Junior Exhibit.
Entries close February 23, 2016.
Send all entries to: Trevor MacDonald, P.O. Box 31, Murray River, P.E.I. C0A 1W0.
Chickens must be vaccinated for I.L.T. and banded.
Birds will be left in their carrying boxes until they are called to be judged. After the class is judged, birds will return to their boxes.
Colours will be judged together unless there are four or more of a recognized colour shown. In this case, a colour class will be made.
A 50/50 draw will take place during the day.
Judge – Brian MacInnis. Additional judges may be added if necessary.
NOTES OF INTEREST
February 23 – Entries close for P.E.I. Winter Show
March 5 – 14th Annual P.E.I. Winter Show (Kensington)
March 5 – NEXT MEETING (At the Winter Show, afternoon)
March 15 – Closing date for Maritime Fanciers Directory listings
April 2 – 19th Annual P.E.I. Bantam & Pigeon Show (Murray River)
April 2 – Annual Meeting (Murray River)
May 7 – Valley Fanciers Spring Show (Windsor, NS)
May 21 – 31st Annual P.E.I. Spring Show (Borden-Carleton)
June 5 – Greater Moncton Fur & Feather Club Buy-Sell-Trade Day (Petitcodiac, NB)
July 29 – Northumberland Fisheries Festival Poultry Show (Murray River)
July 30 – Crapaud Exhibition (Crapaud)
August 14-17 – P.E.I. Provincial Exhibition Poultry Show (Charlottetown)
August 26-28 – P.E.I. Plowing Match & Agricultural Fair (Dundas)
September 2-3 – Egmont Bay-Mont Carmel Exhibition (Abram’s Village)
September 11 – Eastern Kings Exhibition Livestock Show (Souris)
September 23-24 – New Brunswick Fall Show (Petitcodiac)
October 22-23 – Nova Scotia Fall Classic (Mddle Misquodoboit)
November 8-9 – 88th Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Poultry Show (Toronto)
-CLUB ITEMS FOR SALE: T-shirts – $13.00 and Crests – $4.00. Contact the secretary for items.
-Please note that the March meeting will take place at the Winter Show.
-The location of the Winter Show is in the Industrial Park in Kensington. It is located across from the Kubota dealer and the vet clinic.
-The annual campaign for Spring Show awards is in this month’s newsletter. If you would like to donate money for a show award(s), please send it to the secretary.
-If you would like to donate a special prize (cash or trophy) at the Spring Show, please let the secretary know. These are in addition to the awards mentioned above.
-Listings for the 2016 Maritime Fanciers Directory are now being accepted. If you would like to list in this year’s book, please contact Trevor MacDonald. Deadline is March 15.
-Jeremy Ludyka and Trevor MacDonald showed at the Sarnia Poultry, Pigeon, & Pet Stock Association Show on January 9. Jeremy came away with Champion & Reserve Light Goose and well as Reserve Champion Waterfowl with a Coloured Egyptian old gander. Trevor had Reserve A.O.S.B with a Black-Red Modern Game pullet. Also showing were our Ontario members Greg and Elana Oakes. They also had some good results in the show.
SPRING SHOW AWARDS
If you would like to donate an award (or awards) at the Spring Show, please indicate which one(s) you would like to donate. Send this memo to the secretary as soon as you would like. The awards cost $20 each.
I would like to donate funds for the following award(s):
_____ Grand Champion _____ Champion Pigeon
_____ Reserve Grand Champion _____ Reserve Pigeon
_____ Champion Standard _____ Champion Game Fowl
_____ Reserve Standard _____ Reserve Game Fowl
_____ Champion Bantam _____ Champion Junior Standard
_____ Reserve Bantam _____ Champion Junior Bantam
_____ Champion Goose _____ Champion Junior Waterfowl
_____ Reserve Goose _____ Champion Junior Pigeon
_____ Champion Duck _____ Does Not Matter
_____ Reserve Duck
_____ Champion Turkey
_____ Reserve Turkey
Makes cheques payable to: P.E.I. Purebred Poultry (Fanciers) Association.
Send to: Trevor MacDonald, P.O. Box 31, Murray River, P.E.I. C0A 1W0
PLAN TO ATTEND THE WINTER SHOW – MARCH 5
RAISING GUINEA FOWL: A LOW-MAINTENANCE FLOCK
(Mother Earth News)
Like officious little men in baggy grey suits, the Guinea fowl scuttle up and down our driveway. Since dawn, they’ve been scouring our orchard for beetles, locusts, spiders, and ticks. Now they are ready to patrol our yard and garden for ants, cockroaches, flies, wasps, termites, cutworms, grubs, and snails. Guinea fowl are relentless in their pursuit.
Many people have never seen, much lesss heard of, Guinea fowl. Visitors, on spying their first Guinea, invariably ask “What is that – a turkey?” Nope, but not a bad guess. Like turkeys, Guineas are Galliformes, a group encompassing all chicken-like birds. Native to Africa, they are known for travelling in large, gregarious flocks. Guinea fowl were introduced into Europe by 15th century Portuguese explorers, and then arrived in North America with the early settlers. There are seven species of Guiea fowl, of which the “helmeted pearl” is by far the most common.
Ask those who keep Guinea fowl why they have them and you’ll get a different answer every time. Chicken and turkey farmers keep them to ward off poultry-eating predators. Ranchers turn them loose to discourage rattlers and copperheads. Country dwellers like they gobble down disease-carrying ticks. Orchardists use them to drive off marauding birds. Farmers put them to work patrolling for row crop pests. Guineas do all this without damaging crops. Sure, they’ll take the occasional peck at a cultivated plant, but they much prefer insects, weeds, and seeds.
Free-ranging Guineas spend most of their days foraging. They work as a team, marching chest-to-chest and devouring anything they startle as they move through the grass. When they discover a special treat – a rodent, for example, or a small snake – they close ranks, circle their prey, and move in for the feast. All the while, they keep up a steady stream of whistles, chirps, and clicks.
My show season for 2016 started off earlier than it ever has in all the years that I have been showing poultry and pigeons. January 9 saw Jeremy Ludyka and me attending the Sarnia Poultry, Pigeon, & Pet Stock Association Show in Sarnia, Ontario. We had an awesome trip and did well in the show. It was great to see everyone again. The travelling was perfect; we could not have asked for any better considering it was the first part of January.
On the local front, the annual Winter Show is not far off. Plan to attend and maybe even show a few birds. It is always a good day and a sign that perhaps the end of winter is not far off!
Don’t forget about the Spring Show awards sponsors. This is always well supported by our members and hopefully that will be the case again this year.