Judges’ Guidelines

  1. When offered a judging appointment judges should ask for clarification on the number of classes to be judged, the arrangements for judging the championship and the payment of expenses.
  2. Judges are requested to confirm, in writing, their acceptance of an invitation to judge at a show to the show secretary.
  3. If unable to undertake a judging appointment, judges should notify the show secretary as early as possible.
  4. Where possible judges should travel to shows independently of exhibitors and should be mindful that too close an association with exhibitors whilst at a show is open to misinterpretation by others present.
  5. Judges should report to the Show Secretary at least 15 minutes before judging commences and should check which classes they are judging, the arrangements for judging the show championship and the time schedule for judging.
  6. It is recommended that judges dress smartly in a clean, white coat with male judges wearing a shirt and tie. Judges should be aware that, as Panel judges, they represent the Poultry Club.
  7. Judges should ensure that they have the current edition of the British Poultry Standards with them, together with any amendments and should refer to the Standards if they are unsure on any point.
  8. Judges of egg classes must use egg scales when judging eggs.
  9. Judges should adhere to the time schedule given and should refrain from talking to exhibitors and members of the public whilst judging. Judges should aim to judge 40-50 birds per hour.
  10. Birds that are diseased or infested should be immediately reported to the Welfare Officer and removed from the pen.
  11. Judges should pass any birds that have identifying marks e.g: unofficial leg rings except for birds with 2009 BWA leg rings which are acceptable. Birds with official Poultry Club rings (PCGB, EE, Isle of Man) should not be passed or the rings removed.
  12. It is the duty of the judge to report to the Show organisers and the Poultry Club Representative if there is any suspicion of cheating with an exhibit e.g: dyeing of feathers.
  13. No judge may knowingly award any prize or commendation to any bird sold, lent, or given by him/her within two months of the date of the show. If a judge recognises such a bird it should be passed, reported to the show organisers and the exhibitor issued with a warning by the show committee.
  14. Any person suspended or disqualified from showing under Poultry Club rules is debarred from judging during the period of his/her suspension/disqualification.
  15. All judges must report to the Secretary of the Poultry Club in writing within seven days of the show any person or persons endeavouring to influence them directly or indirectly in their judging decisions.
  16. It shall be the duty of the judge to co-operate with the Show Manager and Committee with regard to the health, hygiene of the birds, exhibitors and show visitors.
  17. Judges may, at their discretion, "pass" a bird without judging it or only award a second and subsequent prizes in a class.
  18. No person may exhibit at any show held under Poultry Club rules where he/she is judging, other than the Poultry Club National Show or the Scottish National Show. Judges may exhibit at the National Federation of Poultry Clubs Show. However, a judge must never judge his/her own exhibit or take part in any decisions regarding her/her bird which may be in contention for an award.However, PCGB Council has taken note of member requests and from 1st October 2010 for a 12 month trial, at a Championship Show, judges other than the Championship judge will be able to show in sections they are not judging.
  19. Judges should ensure that their Judge's Book is completed clearly and returned to the show organisers promptly as agreed.
  20. If possible the judge should allow time to talk to exhibitors and members of the public once judging has been completed.
  21. It is recommended that all judges attend at least one Judges' Workshop every three years.