Young chook fanciers show wares
THE Tweed's poultry fans have something extra to crow about.
In fact the district has so many junior chicken keepers, they have pulled off a feather-fluffing coup in the poultry world.
The Tweed has more competitors under 16 years of age showing off their champion chooks than any other area of Australia.
And they'll be ruffling each others feathers in stiff competition for prizes at this weekend's 105th Annual Tweed River Agricultural Society Show in Murwillumbah.
Chief pigeon and poultry steward Graeme Hopf said about 350 entries had been received for this weekend's show ? equal to the best ever received ? with 150 of them from juniors.
The district had become the junior chook champion capital of Australia thanks to specific encouragement of the younger devotees by seniors.
Jake Campbell, 15, of Dungay said he was particularly interested in leghorns, a variety of excellent egglayers and one of the most popular breeds of chicken worldwide.
He said his family had encouraged his interest.
Another fledgling chook fancier is four-year-old Riley Collins of Uki who reckons he knows exactly what the hens and roosters are saying.