Exhibitors set to flock to annual bird show

Breeder Austin Smith holds his favorite golden duckwing old English game bantam called Maximus....
Breeder Austin Smith holds his favorite golden duckwing old English game bantam called Maximus. PHOTO: SIMON HENDERSON
Feathers will be all aflutter as the New Zealand Poultry, Pigeon and Cage Bird Club celebrates its 45th annual show at Forrester Park this weekend.

To allow for Covid-19 restrictions, cage positioning has been altered to allow for social distancing and masks will be required for attendees.

One of the many exhibitors will be Austin Smith, who breeds old English game bantams and khaki Campbell ducks.

He grew up around livestock including chickens, ducks and geese but his passion started properly when he was working as a park ranger in Scotland and parts of England.

When he moved to New Zealand with his partner he found a breeder in Oamaru that reignited his passion.

He now has about eight bantams and "loads" of ducks happily wandering around his semi-rural property in Glenleith.

Judges inspecting fowl will be looking out for an upright stature and a good wide breast, Mr Smith said.

"And then, obviously, colour plays a part as well."

Mr Smith was reluctant to admit he named his birds, although said his partner gave them names, but eventually he owned up to giving the name Maximus to his favourite bird, a five-year-old golden duckwing old English game bantam.

  • New Zealand Poultry, Pigeon and Cage Bird Club 45th annual show takes place at Forrester Park Kennel Club, Norwood St, North East Valley from 1pm to 5pm on Saturday and 10.30am to 2pm on Sunday

 

 

SIMON.HENDERSON @thestar.co.nz

 

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