Calling all backyard poultry owners!
Do you have questions about your chooks, such as 'why have my hens stopped laying?' and 'what breed of chook should I buy?'
Members of the Taree Wingham Poultry Club can answer those questions and anything else you need to know about keeping poultry at the Taree Wingham Poultry Club Annual Show, being held at Taree Showground on Sunday, June 9 from 8.30am.
Club member Peter Tisdell sees the show as an opportunity to help out backyard chook owners with any issues they have with their flock.
"There are a lot people who have a few hens in their backyard in town," Peter said.
"What we have found is they don't really understand the nutrition of what they should be feeding poultry, or what vaccines or worming they should have, or how they should be housed, and we're finding a lot of birds in a bit of distress. And it's not always because of neglect, it's more lack of knowledge, and they've got nowhere to turn."
During the day while judging of poultry and eggs is happening, Peter and his daughter, Katie, will be giving full explanations of everything chook related from the moment an egg is laid, through from chicken to plate.
"Any questions they want to ask, we'll answer them for them," Peter said. "It's a free day - there's no entry free. It's a family day!"
With more than 900 birds at last year's show, people travel for hundreds of miles to enter their birds.
"It's a really big exhibition poultry show for a country show," Peter said.
This year's show has expanded to include egg categories for the first time. The club has also invited the Manning Valley Woodworkers, Handmade on the Manning, Taree Craft Cottage, Country Pickin's, Drury's Stockfeeds and Dillon Rural to attend with exhibitions and stalls, as well as poultry nutritionists to answer your chook feed questions.
The Manning River Lions Club have come to the party with a little tractor to give kids free joyrides during the day.
And if you're looking for chooks to take home, there will be poultry for sale on the day.