We entered our birds and finally got to meet Larry Stallings, another Buttercup breeder and an APA certified judge.
Not only does Larry breed bantam Buttercups, but he breeds large fowl Buttercups as well.
As we mentioned on our "About of the Breed" page, large fowl Buttercups were the original Buttercups. They were Mediterranean birds that were primarily kept for egg production.
Fortunately, they are not quite as rare as bantam Buttercups today, but they are still fairly rare. More breeders are still needed to help preserve and improve them.
Before leaving, we traded bloodlines with Larry, which was the primary objective of traveling so far to the show. There are very few bantam Buttercup breeders, so it is important for us to share bloodlines to keep genetic diversity up and help improve the quality of our birds.
I hope in the future we will begin to travel to more out-of-state shows. It was a unique experience.