Brian? Just a very naughty rooster

PRIZED: Michael Redman, of Williamstown, with his prize-winning standard Australian Langshan cock, Brian. Michael's poultry farm has won many awards.
PRIZED: Michael Redman, of Williamstown, with his prize-winning standard Australian Langshan cock, Brian. Michael's poultry farm has won many awards.

When Brian isn't courting his harem of chooks at Williamstown, he is strutting his shiny rooster tail and polished comb at country shows.

It is all part of the Life of Brian ... and the big, black Australian Langshan beauty is among many feathered friends due to return to Tanunda Show on March 14 when the poultry and pigeon section resumes after a four-year break.

With breeding season ended, Brian was recently taken away from his brood to bulk up in time for the 107th yearly event.

Despite some pining, he lives a pretty good life on Michael Redman and fiancée Carla Wiese-Smith's Elouera property in Barossa's south.

Mr Redman grew up on a big farm in New South Wales where chooks, eggs and meat were the norm. Yet it wasn't until a couple years back that he and Ms Wiese-Smith wanted a combined hobby and they took to poultry rearing and showing.

This is where they fell in love with the Australian Langshan breed which they enjoy emphasising as "big, black and beautiful".

"For us they are a dual-purpose breed for eggs and meat, and are fantastic layers," Mr Redman said.

"They are friendly chooks with good character which is what we like." The couple began showing their poultry two years ago as members of the Lobethal Poultry Club which is located at Mount Pleasant.

On show day Brian will be given final touches to his polished beak, comb and legs.

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