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Showtime for top chickens

Best in show: Joshua Furtado, 11, a student at Mount St Agnes, at the Poultry Fanciers Society’s Annual Show at the Botanical Gardens (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

Birds of a feather came together at the Bermuda Poultry Fanciers Society’s Annual Show, which drew hundreds of visitors and almost 500 birds.

Leo Simmons of the BPFS said the event was an enormous success that showcased the high standard of poultry on the island.

“The reaction has been overwhelming,” he said. “The people who came loved it, seeing all the different kinds of birds. The judge was here three years ago, and he was surprised at the high calibre of birds that we had. He could see the difference that three years have made, not just in the different breeds but also the high standard. A lot of these birds would do well competing in the United States.”

Mr Simmons said that around 495 birds were on display at the Jack King building in the Botanical Gardens, notably more than in past years of the event.

“It’s definitely growing,” he said. “We had probably 70 or 80 more birds than we had at the show last January, and almost 100 birds more than the Ag Show last April.”