The Clubs 2015 Egg Show was held at Crick Village Hall on Saturday the 25th of April. The show was kindly judged by Mrs Linda Rupniak who joined us for the evening.
The show followed what’s become our standard ‘Egg Show’ format: the visiting Judge gives a short talk explaining about how eggs are judged and provides tips on faults to look out for such as marks on shells and overweight eggs in the case of the bantam classes. An egg in these classes shouldn’t weigh more than 42.5 grams. Sadly on judging a couple of the bantam classes, eggs were found to be overweight and as such not placed.
After the talk, members are encouraged to take a judging slip and have a go at judging the eggs too, to see how they place the eggs compared to the judge. There is an award for members choice of ‘Best in Show’.
Best Eggs in Show went to 3 Olive Green Eggs entered by Mr Tim McNeight and Reserve Best in Show was awarded to 3 painted Eggs that were made to look like tulips.
There were 140 entries in the 30 classes on offer for the night.
Written by Judge Linda Rupniak
I was honoured to be asked to judge this show. I always enter the Northampton and District shows and to actually turn up as a judge was very special.
The show was, as always, very well run by Mark Anderson Howe who does such a wonderful job and makes everyone feel welcome and nothing is too much trouble for him. He really is a credit to the poultry world.
The hall was very spacious and comfortable and plenty of room for the entrants to display their eggs. The entry was good and the quality was exceptional with no stale eggs or badly prepared eggs.
I awarded BIS to three olive-green large fowl eggs owned by Tim NcNeight. These eggs had strong smooth shells with no pimples or ridges and were a good shape and very similar in type. Tim exceeded himself and entered lots of classes and the quality of his eggs was commended.
Reserve best in show I gave to the most wonderful creation I have seen, simple but perfect in every way. Three decorated eggs which resembled a trio of tulips. They really did look like the real thing, painted and shaded so well and all three eggs matched perfectly. The owner Rudy Robert said “I just knocked them up this afternoon”. A very talented lady who also entered a superb painted Serama egg which won its class.
My only criticism was that a lot of the bantam eggs were over-weight, many were up to nearly 2 ounces. Exhibitors should take note that the maximum for a bantam egg is 1.5 ounces.
I had a really lovely evening and everyone took their awards in a most sportsmanlike manner.
Here are the Egg Show results for all of the 30 classes.
|3 Bantam dark brown / mottled
|Entries Too Big
|3 Bantam white / cream
|3 Bantam light brown
|3 Bantam A.O.C
|3 Bantam distinct colours
|1 Bantam dark brown / mottled
|1 Bantam white / cream
|1 Bantam light brown
|1 Bantam A.O.C
|3 Large dark brown or mottled
|3 Large white / cream
|3 Large light brown
|3 Large A.O.C
|Best in Show
|3 Large distinct colours
|1 Large dark brown / mottled
|1 Large white / cream
|1 Large light brown
|1 Large A.O.C
|A.C 6 Bantam Eggs
|A.C 6 Large Eggs
|3 Painted or Decorated Eggs
|Single Painted or Decorated Egg
|Adult: A5 colour print
(Single fowl )
|Adult: A5 colour print
(any poultry subject)
|Juvenile under 16: A5 colour print (any poultry subject)
Courtesy of Poultry Photographer Rupert Stephenson.