Johnny...the man in black..with an attitude to match his color.
I tried to tell the man testing birds for disease. I told him, warned him that Johnny will bite, and it hurts.
"Aw he will be alright...I can handle him".
He pulls Johnny out of the carrier and there was much flapping and then Johnny found the webbing in between the mans first two fingers and bit...and held on...and shook his head like a rabid dog tearing at a hunk of meat. That was going to leave a mark...yes it was.
It left a mark alright. No blood of course...but a long dark bruised blood colored looking mark. Hey I tried to tell him. I apologized for his behavior..he just waved it off and said don't even worry about it.
As I went around to find Johnnys hole...I saw another Sumatra roo. Oh man. He was just gorgeous. Found out something else. If you have a long tailed breed, and you dont want the tail messed up before the show...you better order a double capacity coop when you are entering your bird. :( This guy had a double coop, and I was left with a regular size one. Johnnys tail was constantly being battered and splayed in between the cage wire.
I guess I subconciously was not happy about all of this development. I thought I had a good looking bird! But Johnnys competition...was bar none. The other Sumatra roo won Grand Champion of Large Fowl. I will admit, he deserved it too, but I cant lie, I was jealous of this. I didnt even take a picture of this guy...like I say, subconciously I must have been struggling with the fact that I didnt have a snowballs chance in hell with Johnny considering what stood in the next pen. OH well, facts are facts, and the other guy was superb. No way around that.
Because Johnny is very difficult I did not even attempt any indoor pictures...so the one of him at the show is all I have for now.
This was my last bird...and even though I didnt win a thing, that is not why I go. I go because I enjoy it, enjoy the people, the birds, and just the whole thing.
I want to thank everyone for their kind comments on my birds. You wait and see, I am going to study up on these little things like stubs and other little things that I might not yet know about that could disqualify them. I will be ready next year! :)
I will say, every year I go, its more and more fun, so I have everything to gain, and nothing to lose.