Nicole Perez set the fan on her California rabbits early on, as temperatures this weekend climbed during the Duval County Fair.
A sophomore at San Diego High School, Perez enjoys the fact that you don’t have to walk a rabbit or tend to it for a long period of time like the larger animals at the fair.
“I have no time for bigger animals. The only thing i had to watch for was to make sure they didn’t get too fat,” Perez said. “One of the rabbits pushed to four pounds, eight ounces, and we had separate him and give him a little less food.”
For brothers Bobby and Ruben Salinas, broilers were at the top of their mind this weekend. Younger brother Ruben took reserve champion last year and the showmanship award for his chickens. Bobby Salinas, four years older, decided he could learn a thing or two from his younger brother and decided to dive in to chicken competition in his first year.
There is some competition between the two bothers, but Bobby admitted his brother had a leg up, selecting the best four chickens for himself.
‘I won’t feel bad if he beats me,” Bobby said. For the Salinas brothers, they hope to make winning with chickens and family tradition.
“It’s pretty difficult to pick up a 120 pound goat,” Benavides student Nelissa Guerra said, while tending to her goat, Captain Pickle. “I normally like them between 110-120 to compete with.”
Guerra knows what she’s talking about. She’s been raising goats and rabbits since she was six-years old. Eleven years later, she has a number of reserve and showmanship titles under her belt. With a long growing period compared to the smaller animals, Guerra said she appreciated the challenged posed by raising goats.