Show a paradise for bird lovers

DANIEL BIRCHFIELD
Last updated 05:00 05/07/2014
Waimate Poultry Club's Winter Show
MYTCHALL BRANSGROVE/Fairfax NZ
FINE SPECIMEN: Ashburton's John Elms is helping judge birds at the Waimate Winter Show at Waimate Stadium today.

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Birds of all shapes, sizes and colours will fill the Waimate Stadium as part of the Waimate Poultry Club's Winter Show today.

This is the 92nd time the show has been held by the club, with about 650 birds on show this time around.

Poultry, bantams, pigeons, ducks and cage birds are all on show, with sections divided into several classes.

Waimate Poultry Club secretary Noeline Wells said the number of birds strutting their stuff in 2014 is "on par" with previous years, with plenty being done to get them in top shape.

"People wash them and they blow dry them. They also prune them and oil the birds' combs and legs. "They are all different . . . as long as they are well fed and well cared for, they have a chance."

The show is popular with visitors, however some birds tend to get more attention than others, according to Wells.

"I think the ducks prove popular; the kids like the ducks and the roosters too. I think it's because of the colours and how big they are."

The show, which started yesterday, is on today between 10am and 3.30pm at a cost of $2 for adults and 50 cents for children.

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- The Timaru Herald

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