Tweed youngsters hooked on chooks

FORGET Pokemon and Tamagotchi, Tweed children prefer to raise poultry.

At Saturday's annual Murwillumbah Poultry Show, of the 600 entries, 120 were junior exhibits.

Murwillumbah Poultry Club's Graeme Hopf said the show had always been popular with young people.

“We have the biggest junior show in Australia,” Mr Hopf said.

Nick Wise, 13, of Murwillumbah, won the junior champion of the Australian game section with his bantam Blue Red.

Nick said his bird's preparation for the event included Vaseline on the comb, maintenance of the feathers and even WD-40 on its legs, to get rid of scales.

“It is fun. I like doing it,” he said.

Several adults had sponsored juniors and provided them with show-quality breeding stock to get them interested in birds, Mr Hopf said.

“Many of the young ones will be showing at the Brisbane Royal this week,” he said.

Birds flew the coop from Caboolture, Grafton, and Kingaroy to make their way to the Murwillumbah show.

Tony Chmiel, of Jimboomba, won the best bird of the show and Joseph Stumer, of Fernvale, won best bird in the junior section.

Mr Hopf won the opposite sex category and Mr Chmiel also won best water bird with a muscovy duck.

A large crowd turned out to see the pampered poultry on show, Mr Hopf said.

“We had a tremendous through crowd, probably the biggest local crowd we have had at a show,” he said.

The show was run by the Tweed River Agricultural Society.

In 2008 Murwillumbah staged the World Poultry Congress Show, which featured a $2000 cash prize.

The next poultry show will be in November as part of the Murwillumbah Agricultural Show.

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