Leif Taylor, Searletown – President
James Butler, Alliston – Vice President
Jeremy Ludyka, Cornwall – Interim Secretary
Stephen Webster, Tarantum – Treasurer
Volume 34 Number 5 December, 2016
The Royal Winter Fair poultry show was a one-day show this year. Due to rescheduling of some of the cattle shows, the poultry show was moved to the last Sunday, on November 13. This put the show in the same area as the rabbit and cavy show. There was an increase of 84 birds shown over last year with 771 cooped in.
The judges for this year’s Royal were Trevor MacDonald, Murray River, P.E.I. (Standards), Mark Camilleri, Brantford, Ont. (Bantams), Norm Saito, Brantford, Ont. (Waterfowl & Turkeys), and Steve Webster. Tarantum, P.E.I. (Pigeons).
Greg Oakes, one of our Ontario members, won Reserve Grand Champion Turkey on a Bronze old male.
John Blaisdell won the trophy for Best Bird by a Maritime Exhibitor. He took the award with his White Runt male.
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: 2,3,4k, 3p Greg Oakes. SILVER LACED WYANDOTTE: 3h G. Oakes. JERSEY GIANT: 1-BOB-c G. Oakes. CHANTECLER: 1c, 1-BOB-k, 1,3p G. Oakes. BLACK ORPINGTON: 1k Steve Webster. B A N T A M S: A.O.V. JAPANESE: 1c, 2h, 1k, 1p Trevor MacDonald. WHITE PLYMOUTH ROCK: 1k, 2p T. MacDonald. S.C. RHODE ISLAND RED: 1k, 1p T. MacDonald. HAMBURG: 1c, 1h, 1k, 1-BOB-p T. MacDonald. PARTRIDGE WYANDOTTE: 1p S. Webster. FAVEROLLE: 1-BOB-k, lp S. Webster. D U C K S: CAYUGA: 1,2om, 2ym Elana Oakes. WHITE CALL: 4om E. Oakes. G E E S E: POMERANIAN: 1-BOB-om, 1of G. Oakes. T U R K E Y S: BRONZE: 1-BOB-om G. Oakes. P I G E O N S: FLYING ROLLER: 2c, 2h T. MacDonald. ICE PIGEON: 2c, 2h T. MacDonald. KING: 1-BOB-c, 1h T. MacDonald. RACING HOMER: 2c, 4h T. MacDonald. RUNT: 1-BOB-2,3,4c, 1,2,3,4h John Blaisdell.
May the Christmas Season
be wonderful to you and your
DUBBING OLD ENGLISH GAMES
(Old English Game Bantams As Bred & Shown in the United States)
Old English Game bantam males must be dubbed in iorder to win in competition. According to the Bantam Standard (1988), the following disqualifications apply: (1) cock not dubbed; (2) cock dubbed in a manner that leaves no semblance of comb; (3) undubbed cockerel after November 1 of the year it is hatched. In addition the following defects are listed: (1) ragged edges of wattles and ear lobes indicating poor dubbing techniques; (2) highly dubbed comb; (3) undubbed cockerel before November 1 of the year it is hatched.
Age to dub. Cockerels should not be dubbed before the comb has stopped growing and this varies somewhat wirh different individual males as well as with different strains. A male combing out early in life will be ready for dubbing when 5 months old and all should be ready when they reach the age of 8 months. Some breeders like to wait till the main sickles are fully grown before dubbing.
Procedure. The objective in dubbing a male is to remove the ear lobes and then cut off the wattles followed by trimming the comb down to the proper size and shape. A first requirement is a sharp pair of scissors – no need for a curved pair, and size to suit the dubber. During dubbing the cockerel can (1) be held by a helper; (2) be strapped down on a board much like the ones used when caponizing; or (3) be wrapped in a sack or towel with just the head sticking out. Wild birds tend to squawk when being dubbed and many are heavy bleeders. On the other hand tame birds do not seem to mind at all and some shed very little blood.
When trimming off the ear lobes and wattles there is no substitute for sharp scissors which hasten the time and avoid ragged edges. Trimming the comb is of primary importance. The first cut is removing the rear of the comb (blade) with one quick cut. Instead of cutting striaght up (90 degree angle with top of head), it is better to try for 45 degrees. The second and final cut is from rear to front and this leaves a sharp angle at the rear. A litle snipping of this sharp angle will produce a rounded effect which is highly desirable. When making the second cut try to do a bit of rounding so that one does not end up with a flat top.
Quality of dubbing is completely under the control of the exhibitor and in any kind of competition poor dubbing hurts the bird. The first thing a judge looks at is the head and if dubbing has been properly done, the bird is off to a good start. Some strains are characterized by having a wrinkle in the front of the comb which is apparent after dubbing. This wrinkle really is not of too much importance becuase many beautifully dubbed birds can be seen with it. At the 1990 Old English Game Bantam Jamboree in North Carolina, W.D. Jones and this writer estimated that about 80% of the males on exhibit were really not well dubbed.
Following dubbing, it is a good practice to dip the head in a bucket of cold water before putting him back in his quarters. Chickens have such a high body temperature that there is no need to apply any medicine to the trimmed parts. There is no danger of infection. A close watch must be made when the newly-dubbed males go back to their pens. On occasion, males running together with no animosity will begin to fight following dubbing.
(F.P. Jeffrey and William Richardson)
NEXT MEETING WILL BE IN MARCH
NOTES OF INTEREST
March 4 – 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, 394-7922.
-As you can see from the front page of this month’s newsletter, Island exhibitors had a good showing at the Royal.
-WANTED: Silkies. Contact Blaine Taylor, Burlington 836-3421. 01/17
-Members are reminded that helpers are needed to take care of the various tasks at the Spring Show. Please offer to assist where you can.
-If anyone has any ideas for things to add to the Spring Show for fundraisers or anything else, please contact the secretary with your ideas.
Merry Christmas to All!!!
As you can see from the minutes printed above, we had a jam-packed December meeting. Lots of things got discussed and taken care of. This was Jeremy’s first meeting as secretary; he had a busy evening keeping track of everything.
Soon members will have breeding pens set up and eggs going into the incubator (some may already be doing this!). That is always an interesting time trying to work out what should be mated with what to produce those hopeful winners.
As we close out 2016, it is time to look back at the year. It has been a year of ups and downs. The year ahead will be busy once again I am sure. I must admit that it will be different come the new year and not preparing for the Spring Show.
May the joys and happiness of the Christmas season be with you!