No fowl play as great turnout at egg-cellent poultry show event

Feathered fowls of all varieties were on display in Horncastle last weekend as a poultry show made its post-Covid comeback despite the threat of Avian flu looming large.

Joe Trofer-Cook 9 of Billinghay, with his winner of Best Lincolnshire Buff EMN-210911-140754001

The East of England Poultry Club held its annual autumn show at the Stanhope Hall on Sunday November 7, with entrants and visitors coming from all over the country.

An Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (AIPZ) was declared across the country on November 3, and the show was only allowed to go ahead because DEFRA’s ban on poultry gatherings due to Avian flu began from midnight on Monday November 8.

Show secretary, Janet Bullen, said: “We were very pleased with the number of entries and the support we were given, with a lot of exhibitors coming from Yorkshire as well as other counties and several local people joining the club.

Judges L-R Christine Norman, Leon Smith, Colin Clark EMN-210911-140739001

“After missing all our shows last year with Covid, we now have to face the next few months with no shows because of Avian flu.

“We only managed to have our show as restrictions came in at midnight [on Sunday November 7]. Thankfully, the show brought in enough money for us to continue next year. “We can still have our meetings at Revesby with, new members able to attend.”

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L-R Janet Harwood and Lois Bodie of Spilsby EMN-210911-140823001
Holly Norton of Wragby with her Lincolnshire Buff, winner of Best Hen and Best Opposite Sex EMN-210911-140716001
Mia Sharpe 7 of Skellingthorpe with her Silkie Bantan, 2nd prize in Juvenile class EMN-210911-141740001