Hastings poultry enthusiast Tim Tydd has been praised again for his chook-raising skills at the 2021 Sydney Royal Easter Show.
Mr Tydd took out a number of categories for hard feather poultry from April 1 to 12 at the Sydney Showgrounds.
He entered four birds into the show with two old English game hens, a hen pullet and an old English game cockerel in the poultry bantam single classes.
His chooks won the best standard old English game brown red, champion standard old English game brown red, reserve champion standard old English game brown red categories.
As well as winning the best standard old English game grey, champion standard old English game grey and reserve champion standard old English game categories.
Mr Tydd has previously fared well at the Sydney Easter Show in 2015 and he considers the competition to be home turf after living in Sydney for around seven years before moving to the Mid North Coast.
"It wasn't too bad of a show, we picked up reserve champion old English large which was the major one," he said.
"It wasn't as big as the usual show but considering all the dramas people have had, there was a quite of quality there and it was well run.
"I could have taken a few more down there and maybe got a card, but I'm not in it for that. I like to go a bit further.
"It's my favourite show of the year really. You only see some people once a year and it's there. It's a good crowd and most of us all stay at the same hotel to catch up over a few years."
Mr Tydd said recent flooding had affected his chook pens at home and he was limited to only four competitive birds at the competition this year.
"We had floods and my house wasn't too bad but the chook pens were a bit wet. The fowls have done it a bit tough recently," he said.
"It takes a little bit to get them to the show, keep them fit and feed them enough to get muscle but lose fat. After rain you get lice, mice and mites so you have to keep them away.
Mr Tydd said his best advice for poultry enthusiasts entering the ring was to tick all the boxes for bird welfare and started with established bloodlines.
"My best advice would be to get the husbandry right. Start off with good fowls to begin with and go buy the best of a breed off individual farmers, visit them and see their yard if you can," he said.
"Have good food, clean water, spray for lice and do all the little things."
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