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Amanda Slater's flock of Silver Pencilled Wyandotte bantams.

A CROFTER from Tresta says she feels “pretty chuffed” after her Silver Pencilled Wyandotte bantam hen won the overall poultry section at the virtual Royal Highland Show, known this year as the Scottish Agricultural Show Online.

Amanda Slater said her hen Betty hatched in November last year after she bought the eggs online from eBay.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic the Royal Highland Show along with all regional and local agricultural shows across Scotland had to be cancelled.

The organisers set up a virtual event instead, with people able to submit entries online.

To enter the competition Amanda had to submit a picture along with a video showing her hen at all angles. Betty went on to win 1st in the Bantam section and was then declared overall champion in the poultry section.

The announcements were made in a video from the Royal Highland Show sponsors RBS.

Amanda said: “It’ll probably be the only time I ever win an RHS champion rosette. I feel pretty chuffed, especially since I hatched the eggs myself.

“I had this breed ten years ago, and wanted to try breeding and hatching them again as they’re really bonny birds.”