The Herald Bulletin

Afternoon Update

Local Education

July 22, 2013

Poultry and other fowl stretch their wings in poultry competition

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ALEXANDRIA, Ind. —

"They are also the only bird that actually has hair ... And they are the only ones with five toes," Blake added. He's not sure what that does for the bird, though, although he speculated it might help their balance.

Blake, who plans to attend culinary school at Vincennes University, has been showing chickens for seven years.

He uses a special cleaning process to prepare his birds for judging. It involves a good dunking, followed by a thorough washing with Gain. After that, the fowl is dipped in vinegar to remove all the soap and a final rinse in clean water.

Blake's birds also eat an all-protein special food blend available at Tractor Supply Co., but they're all fools for lettuce and tomatoes.

"I'm pretty sure they like the vibrant colors and like to eat it, too, because they just attack it in the garden," he added.

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