Even the best bird won’t always win.
Showing chickens is exciting. When people first start, they imagine themselves–and their birds–winning big prizes. But in reality, this doesn’t always happen. If you’re really showing your chicken just for the sake of being at the show, winning should be just as fun as losing. But sometimes it’s not. Imagine that you’ve had a really bad day, and your prize bird has not placed in any classes. You’ve been planning for this show for months. To top it all off, it’s a cold rainy day. Accept it as a bad show and don’t feel glum. There’s always another show. People always say that they don’t care if they win. I don’t believe a word of it. It’s better just to acknowledge that you want to win and make it your goal than doing nothing and pretending you don’t want to and then getting all jealous when other people win. But don’t get into the mindset where you must win at all costs. Don’t criticize others to make yourself feel better. This is not a good place to be.
A big part of showing is learning to lose.
Showing is a game. Even if your bird is the best in the class (you think), the judge won’t always think so. If you do badly after preparing your bird and getting ready for the show, you’ve done your best. There’s nothing you can do about it. Accept your loss. Someone else also put a lot of work in and they happened to do better than you. Congratulate them and try to do better next time.
Sometimes the quality at a show is just so high that the class placing becomes what the judge likes best. Sometimes the judge wants to give everyone a ribbon, but there are more birds than ribbons in the class.
Sometimes people win after putting in absolutely no work. They just get lucky. Maybe they’re borrowing a winning bird. Maybe they have a really good coach to teach them showmanship. Accept that too. I’m sure this will happen to you sometime.
And when you do win, be nice about it. You did your best and your best was better than someone else’s that day. Enjoy it–even the most show-type birds don’t win every time.
Enjoy your wins–they may be few and far-between.
Showing should be about meeting a standard of excellence, and not being “better” than others. Once you have achieved excellence through hard work, it sometimes results in a win. Winning is fun. It’s true. But to be a truely successful chicken shower, you need to know how to lose.