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February 5, 2013

Birds of a feather

Annetta family makes stock show a family affair

By SALLY SEXTON

Howard Story grew up in a farming atmosphere. In fact, his house is located on a piece of property in Annetta that his parents bought, where Story has resided since 1965.

While farming was a way of life, Story also took interest in the livestock on the property.

“My parents were big into showing horses,” he said. “We even had a reserve grand champion stallion at one point.”

While attending Aledo High School, Story began showing his own stock, albeit a little more feathered than horses.

“In high school, I had chickens,” he said. “I got all of the FFA awards because nobody else was doing chickens.”

Story’s passion for the poultry flourished, and the act of showing birds has become a family tradition for himself, wife Lorri and children, Shyanne, 9, and Houston, 10.

“My wife married into it, and our kids got involved in 4-H,” Story said. “I figured I can’t play with horses or sheep money-wise, but I can play in the chicken arena.”

Since then, showing stock has become a way of life for the Storys, who recently showed a collection of chickens, roosters and ducks at the Fort Worth Stock Show. The competition proved quite favorable for the family, which took 15 birds to show and returned home with one grand champion, seven first place ribbons and four second place ribbons.

The chickens and roosters, which included black copper marans and silver-laced wyandottes, were shown by Story and son Houston, while daughter Shyanne took over the ducks.

“When we first started doing chickens, Shyanne decided that she wanted to do ducks, so we went to Shawnee, Okla., and bought two,” Story said.

Preparing for the stock show is a year-long commitment, something Shyanne and Houston are completely dedicated to.

“They feed, water and clean the pens, and do all the work that goes behind it. The whole year, this is what we’ve been working toward,” Story said. “They come home, take care of the animals, sit down for family dinner and do their schoolwork.”

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