Fowl play not in game plan at Murgon Show
FRASER Williams helped prove age is no barrier when it comes to the competitive world of chook showing.
The Kilkivan six-year-old took out a first and a third prize for two of his best fowls at the Murgon Show.
His modern game bantam was especially praised by judges, who awarded it first for that division.
According to parents Jason and Chantal, Fraser took an interest in chook showing when he became obsessed with the family chickens.
"We originally got some hens for eggs, we're just hobby farmers really," Chantal said.
"I started with (showing) birds first and then he wanted his own."
What started as just a few hens quickly turned into a brood of more than 50 chickens, many of which are specifically bred for showing.
"Show prep is all year round, but it really starts four weeks before a show," Chantal said.
"You need good quality birds (for showing)."
To get his prized bantam ready for the show, Fraser made sure he was fed a strict diet, worked on keeping him calm for judging and washed him so he looked impeccable for show day.
"I was happy that I won," Fraser said.
One of the organisers of the chook showing, Denis Dowdle, said it was a highly competitive field.
"It's a hobby, but it's still a big challenge to breed a good champion," he said.