Judges at one of Australia's largest chicken shows for rare breeds say there is growing interest in breeding and caring for chickens.

About 450 birds have been on show at an annual competition at the Hobart showground.

Melbourne-based judge Ian Nash says a lot of people who runs chooks in their suburban backyards are taking an interest in rarer breeds.

He says caring for chickens helps young people get a sense of where their food comes from.

"More and more people - especially with younger kids - like to have a few chooks in their backyard to show the kids where an egg comes from and what they can do with the manure from the birds," he said.

"It improves the veggie garden and it's a really natural education for kids, which is something they lack these days."

On Saturday judges nominated winners in several different categories and on Sunday buyers will have a chance to pick between some familiar breeds as well as more exotic specimens.

Organiser Judi Walker says buyers know what to look for.

"You're looking at cleanliness, they've got to have good clean feet, they've got to have a good stance, they've got to be healthy," she said.

The chickens have come from across Tasmania and Victoria.

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