Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Now taking orders for TSHIRTS!!!


Since we sold out of them so quickly at the Lents Fair, we have decided to do a second run of shirts!  These will be special order only, and the money made will go towards printing more shirts next year.  If you are interested in a shirt, please email us at Lentschickencontest@gmail.com.  I think I will  order them mid October or early November.  Christmas presents anyone??

The Olive colored ones are Unisex and sized according to the usual Mens/Unisex shirt sizing.  The Navy ones are Women's shirts, and sized MUCH smaller than Mens.   We concluded at the fair that the sizes are about one size off.  That is, if you usually wear a Large, you may want to get an Extra Large.  Just fair warning, since I won't be ordering extras!!

Thanks for your support, Maggie and Jonah


Sunday, September 9, 2018

The Contestants of 2018's Lents Chicken Beauty Contest!

Let  me just start this post off by saying I'm sorry it took me over a MONTH to post these pictures!! Our computer died right after the fair, and it took some time to get it fixed and then it took even more time for me to turn it on because I was afraid that it would take forever to load programs that weren't on it anymore... I'm not a computer person.  So, sorry!  

Now that that is out of the way, wow, what a crazy contest day this year!!  We had TWO categories instead of the usual one, so we had twice as many votes to count.  We had two different news channels and a reporter from the Oregonian there to cover the event (thanks guys!!).  We even had tshirts for sale, and we sold out of them in about TWO hours (holy cow!)

We also had some learning experiences.  We had our first chicken injury.  Uranus (yes, that is her name!) was spooked by something (we think a dog) and cut her head.  We had an emergency contact for her, got her cleaned up, and she went home (and last we heard had rejoined her flock, chickens are crazy tough birds).  We learned that we need to have first aid supplies packed in case of injury.  We also started volunteering to hold onto folks pups so they can enjoy the birds and the birds can enjoy not being startled by dogs.  We are always learning!  

the bird booth!
Our winner for the Grown-Ups Category, and our first two time champion was Cordon Bleu!  She is a beautiful white-crested blue polish hen.  She is an only hen, and therefore doted on completely.  I just adore that color on a hen!
Cordon Bleu, 2 time lents beauty contest champion!


And our first winner in our brand new Young'uns Category was Rainbow the white silkie hen.  For the kid's category we decided that they are allowed to "dress up" their hens.  Bird safe dyes, and nail polish, even bracelets and bandannas are allowed.  Rainbow had a very tasteful "rainbow" colored on her fluffy butt feathers.  Tasteful and understated, I'm very impressed with the 4 year old boy's restraint in coloring his hen! 
Rainbow, winner of the first ever young'uns category at the contest.

Rainbow's left side

Rainbow's right side.
Of course ALL the birds entered in the contest are beautiful.  But then, we think ALL chickens are beautiful!  The really fun part of our event is listening to all the folks ohh and ahh over breeds they have never seen before or knew were even possible to exist!  And every year we get wilder and wilder breeds of hens!  Below are the photos of the rest of our amazing contestants.   I tried very hard to get the names matched to the birds, but if I messed up, I'm sorry!!

Beau the Russian Orloff



Baak Geb the Hamburgh

Christie Lee the Sicilian Buttercup

Colonel Sanders the Cochin/Maran Cross

Gabby the Naked Neck!

Lady Byrd the Crested Polish


Little Stormy the Serama Bantam


Mama Bird the Serama Bantam


Abagail and Matilda the NOVOgen Pullets

Jewel the Ameracana
 Jewel was NOT interested in participating in the contest!  She was very unhappy being viewed, so we ended moving her away from the action and covering her up to not be disturbed.  We don't want our hens to be unhappy!  She was VERY pretty though....


Ophelia the blind Australorp
 Sweet Ophelia is mostly blind, but that doesn't stop her! She was a volunteer favorite because she gently cooed whenever we wandered past.  She was just the sweetest thing!



 Fancy Toenails!!!  Pecker was a very fancy bird, with her red nails.  Her owners say that she is a transgender hen, she crows and doesn't lay eggs.  I've read about this, it has something to do with one ovary shutting down and the other one producing testosterone, but of course, I can't find the article now to tell you how it all works!

Pecker the Ameraucana

Pizzazz the Showgirl and Creamsicle the frizzled Satin Silke
 I have to admit here that I am VERY partial to frizzles.  And Silkies.  So these girls I just adored!  I mean, look at that Showgirl's crest!! Showgirls are a cross between Silkies and Naked Necks, two of my favorite breeds.  

Pop the Cochin Bantam

Uranus the Barred Plymouth Rock

Nugget the Easter Egger


This was also the first year for our charity tshirts!  We had 50 shirts for sale with our logo on them, and the name and logo for our sponsor Foster Feed and Garden, on the back.  We sold out of them by 1:30, so next year we are planning on having twice as many shirts for sale!  We donated all $800 to Odd Man Inn, an animal sanctuary in Washougal, Washington.  They take in chickens, roosters, pigs (sooo many adorable, giant pigs!), sheep, goats, dogs, cats, and even a peacock!  They are a wonderful organization.
The tshirt booth!

Another satisfied customer
 And of course, we couldn't do it without our wonderful, amazing volunteers.  Thank you volunteers!!!    And that you everyone who brought a bird to compete in our silly little contest!

Also, a big thank you to Foster Feed and Garden, and to Scratch and Peck Feed!  Scratch and Peck donated a bunch of prizes to our winners, and goodies for the bags.  Foster Feed and Garden donates all the money that makes this thing run, as well as shirts and bags for all our contestants.  And this year they generously donated all the money for printing our shirts.  

Some of our lovely volunteers!

Voting booth!
See you all next year!

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

The Shirts are done!

Here are the mock ups for our contest shirts!!! I love them so much.  The navy ones are the Women's tshirts, and the Olive is the Men's/Unisex.  They are both made of a wonderfully soft cotton blend, the same that we used last year for the volunteer's shirts.  

I'm excited to say that our contest's sponsor Foster Feed and Garden, decided to be our charity shirts sole sponsor as well!  So a HUGE thank you to Mark and the gang at Foster Feed and Garden.  

The charity we chose to give your hard earned chicken shirt cash to is called "Odd Man Inn."  It is a farm animal/pet rescue located in Washougal, WA.  The amazing thing about them is that they take in everything, and adopt many of the animals back out to forever homes.  I talked to them a bit about the chickens they rescue.  They told me that sometimes they have as many as 100 chickens (right now, I think it was about 8)  but that they manage to adopt most of them back out again to forever homes!  I love the idea of folks giving hens a home even though they may be past their laying days, and basically just get to be little feathered freeloaders begging for treats and basking in the sun all day... thats what my old lady hens get to do!

Anyway, bring $17 and get yourself a chicken shirt and donate to a great place!
See  you in a couple weeks! Maggie and Jonah

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

SHIRTS SHIRTS SHIRTS!!!

So last year I made a t-shirt design for our Beauty Contest Volunteers.  I loved how the turned out. Our volunteers loved them (and wear them constantly, which is quite flattering), and our visitors loved them.  So much that we felt like we could perhaps sell beauty contest shirts for charity this year?!  Which seems crazy right now, but we are still gonna do it!
Below is my design, more or less how it will look.  I think its going to need a "2018" somewhere.


And here is the design on a mock up that my t-shirt printers sent me!!! I love our t shirt printers.  Their business name is, no joke, Phantom Chicken.  How perfect is that?!  And they are located near Lents, so they are practically our neighbors!  We haven't settled on shirt/print colors yet, but the two samples below are pretty rad. 



When we finalize stuff we will post it here with info on color, style and price.  You'll be able to buy your very own shirt the day of the fair!

cheers! Maggie

Thursday, May 31, 2018

The Fourth Annual Chicken Beauty Contest is Coming!

Mark your calenders! The contest is coming! The contest is coming!  This year's event will be held on Sunday, August 5th in the field next to Lents own Belmont Goats!  If you don't know where the goats live, they reside in the field next to the Boys and Girls Club on 92nd ave, just north of Zoigl Haus Brewpub. 

We have some fun new ideas to try out with this year's contest, including selling our beauty contest shirts for charity!  I'm working on the design now, but we had so much interest in the shirts our volunteers were wearing (I got crazy and had shirts made for us all)  that we want to try out raising money for some worthwhile cause (to be determined soon, I promise).

We are also messing around with having TWO categories of hens this year:  Kids entry and Adults entry.  Kids hens are often dressed (or dyed) fancy but are normal backyard hens, while the adults often have some downright fancy hens.  It seems like it might be fair to have them judged separately.  

So those are our developments for this year.  Hope you all enjoy the changes and want to buy some shirts to support a cause (we gotta figure this one out, seriously)!!

Happy 2018!
Maggie and Jonah

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

The Show Will Go On!

Hi there all you Chicken Beauty Contest Contestants and Voters!  Yes, it is going to be a million degrees out on Sunday, but it will feel like a cool Autumn day after the week we are having right now!  As I write this, it is 105 degrees (I think...) so upper 90's? No sweat.

Don't worry, we are taking precautions to keep our contestants feeling fresh and cool in the heat.  Firstly, we are going to be under giant trees in the SW corner of Lents Park.  That will make a huge difference for all of us!  We will have coolers full of ice and cold water, and cold chicken treats (corn, watermelon, etc...).  I am also thinking of frozen water bottles and mister bottles as well.  

So if your chickens have weathered the week just fine. they will be in good hands at the Beauty Contest.  

Thats all, looking forward to seeing all your lovely birds and all you lovely beauty contest judges!!
Maggie and Jonah and the rest of the Beauty Contest Crew.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Time to Register!

The registration page is all updated and the time is now to sign up your bird! We've already got a solid crew of caretaking volunteers who promise to make your hen very comfortable while you enjoy this year's Fair. Tell all the chicken owners you know to sign up their prettiest lady!