Gunnedah youngster gears up for shows

Felicity at home with her silkies.

Felicity at home with her silkies.

Four-year-old Felicity Mammen is gearing up for a busy show season with a number of ribbons already under her belt. 

The Gunnedah pre-schooler has just returned from winning Champion Junior Soft Feather at the Barraba Show, with her Chinese Silkie, she named Rainbow, and now has the Sydney Royal Easter Show in her sights. 

Felicity began showing chooks at Gunnedah Show last year and her mum Janice said her confidence has grown since, as she now handles her own fowl at events. 

Felicity with her ribbons at Barraba Show last weekend.

Felicity with her ribbons at Barraba Show last weekend.

Felicity exhibits three Chinese Silkies of her own, Rainbow – a grey breed, Elsa – a white silkie, and Anna - a black silkie with white feathers.

Preparation for agricultural shows involves the whole family, with all chooks washed the weekend before an event and lots of handling the fowls to ensure they are quiet for judging.

“Felicity normally sits on the lawn checking feathers, eyes and ensuring the feet are clean,” Janice said.

“She also hand feeds them fruit as a treat.”

She comes from a line of chook enthusiasts, with her dad Chris showing poultry for 30 years and mum Janice also in the game.

With Barraba behind them, the family are now gearing up for a further line-up of agricultural shows, with Tamworth, Gunnedah, Narrabri and Quirindi on the list as well as the Sydney Royal Easter Show.