Monday, August 1, 2016

The 2016 Chicken Beauty Contestants!

I'm going to start this post off with a big old THANK YOU to everyone who participated!  To our volunteers, thank you for hanging out helping people vote, talking chicken all day, and setting the booth up and tearing it all back down at the end.  To the chicken owners, thank you for entering your girls in our little contest and being generally so awesome and enthusiastic to show them off! You are all winners cause you brought so much happiness to me (in particular) and to everyone who came by to ogle the chickens.  And thank you to all who came out to see the girls, discuss their various merits and crazy feathers, and vote!  Thank you!

This year I got my act together and got an actual real live photographer out to take pictures of our girls, so we can share them with you all who couldn't make it to the show.  Here they are, in no particular order:

Rhode Island Red
About: She struts with poise and gentility in her plumage's elegant rainbow hue in the Lents evening sun. She got her nails done just for the contest.

Baby Chick Marie
Baby chick Marie is the youngest of her four siblings. We still call her “baby chick”, because she has the personality of a youngest and is so dang cute with those puffy cheeks! (But don’t let the cheeks fool you--keep her away from your summer squash plants!)

Black Mamba #5 (aka Black Mama)
Black Australorpe
Big Momma with dominate you. Big Momma will set you free. Big Momma thinks she's a rooster since a new high up stick appeared in the coop. Check out her perfect crown and vacant black eyes. Big Momma Big Momma Big Momma amen

White Cochin
This classy, fluffy hen is the Queen of the roost. She has a healthy appetite for garden greens and loves blueberries.

Cream Legbar
Candygirl is a Cream Legbar which Rosey raised as her own chick. Candygirl is multicolored and likes scratches and attention.

Dixie Chick
Silver Laced Polish Crested
Dixie Chick is white and black. She is a shy but cleaver hen who is quick as a whip at finding all the best treats in the yard. She doesn't waste time establishing her place in the pecking order when there are mealworms to be found!

Easter Egger (lays blue-green eggs)
This lovely lady loves to spend the day sitting center in the doorway of her coop , enjoying the sunshine and fresh Oregon air. Don't tell her I told you , but watermelon is the way to her heart.

Buff Silkie Pullet (3 months old)
Lilo is a buff silkie and is named after the character in the movie Lilo and Stitch. She has a great head dress and is super sassy. She loves being held and purrs while petting her!

Maggie and her chicken dress (that's me!)

Light Brahma
Minnie is the black and white light Brahma. She is the largest of our 4 chicks and she is only 3 months old. She is definitely a gentle giant!

Buff Orphington
Ophelia is buff colored, very fluffy, and has a lovely sweet personality.

White Plymouth Rock
Plastic is a 1 year old hen, who enjoys warm baths and having her toe nails painted. She loves to be blow dried after every warm bath, once she is dry she will sit and watch TV with me.

Plastic's fancy painted toenails.  She also had a teeny bandanna, but she kept taking it off, so I left it off her.  She also has the distinction this year of being our only hen who laid an egg at the fair this year!

Gold Laced Polish Crested
Priscilla is gold and black. She may be small but she is mighty. Priscilla is boss hen and she has made that known since day 1 as part of the family. She struts around the hen house like the tough beauty queen that she is.

Red Chinese Buff Cochin Bantam (10 years old! and lookin' good!)
Rosey is a red Chinese Buff Cochin. She is queen of the flock at 2 1/2 pounds and likes raising babies. She likes scratches and attention.

Barred Plymouth Rock
Sapphire is a black and white Bar Rock. She's the queen of the flock, confident, classy and sophisticated. She is on the short list of Hillary Clinton's running mate selection.

Showgirl (Naked-Neck Silkie Cross)
Wanda is a Naked Neck Silkie. She is a very sweet and special girl in my breeding flock. She is my first and only Showgirl and hopefully the beginning of the Cluck N' Chatter line of Naked Necks!

Frizzled Tolbunt Polish Crested
Snazzy is a Frizzled Tolbunt Polish. She is a super spastic girl! She is my craziest chicken and likes to flail her feathers and flap her wings while running wildly around her pen.

a better picture of snazzy will come, i promise!

The fair, as you can see, its hard to see the chickens with all these people around!

the voting booth

The all important "most beautifulest chicken" trophy!

And the Winners Were....!

First Place trophy went to Snazzy!  Her crazy, stick-out-in-all-directions feathers carried the day.  We will post pictures! I'm embarrassed to say that as of this moment I do not have a good photo of her, but more pictures are coming in.

Second place went to Grace-Mary!  The Easter Egger with the beautiful rust and silver feathers was a big hit.  

And Honorable Mention went to Sapphire, the zebra striped Barred Plymouth Rock.

Thanks again everyone who came out!  Keep an eye out for us, we are coming back next year for sure!

Maggie and Jonah

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Details For Contestants

This blog entry's for those who signed up their chickens for tomorrow's contest. Here are the important details:
  • Please arrive with your chickens tomorrow (Sunday, July 31st) between 10:30 and 11:00 on the east side of SE 91st Ave between Foster Rd and Reedway St.
  • We'll announce the contest winner at 4:30 at the contest booth.
  • Please don't pick your chicken up until the fair is over at 5:00.
  • Please check your birds for mites and don't bring any unhealthy birds.
I sent an email to all contestants today with my cell phone number and the details above. I won't be available by email after tonight, so please call or text my cell if something last minute comes up tomorrow.

I'm super-excited about the contest! I had a lot of fun last year and can't wait for the fair to begin!


Monday, July 25, 2016

Chicken Entries are All Set!

We're all filled up with chickens! We have plenty of chicken contestants, so we decided to cap our number of chicken entries at 19 this year. Thank you so much to everybody who entered. And for those who tried to enter but were a little too late, take heart because there's always next year. We hope to see you all this Sunday!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Official Chicken Beauty Contest News! The Contest is Happening!!

Hello Everybody!

Whew, its been an emotional roller coaster here at Chicken Beauty Contest Central.  Last week we were notified that due to lack of funding the Lents Street Fair had been cancelled.  We were pretty bummed because we had just spent some serious time working on how to make it an even better event--only to find out that it wasn't happening?! Bummer news.  So we posted on Facebook and on this here blog that the event had been cancelled, and notified our volunteers that they were no longer needed, only to get ANOTHER email saying that maybe the fair was back on after all...

Fast forward a couple days, and we have now just left a Lents Street Fair planning meeting, so now we can officially say that the beauty contest is BACK ON!

So beautiful chicken ladies of Lents, sign up!  Strut your stuff! Go to our Registration Page and get your hen signed up, and maybe she could be this year's Next Lents Top Chicken Model!

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

The Street Fair is Coming! The Contest is Coming!

So this is just a quick note to let you all know that the beauty contest is happening this year.  We are working on improving some things that needed improving (access to decent display cages so the girls are presented in their full glory for one) and hoping to recreate the magic of the first year (good weather, hopefully without the freak rainstorm in the last hour of the fair).

I've been working on some new signage for the voting booth and the trophy tonight (pretty darn excited about the trophy, its gonna be bigger than last year FOR SURE).  I'm also working on a new dress to wear at the fair (why yes, it will have chickens on it, how did you guess?).

The contest is the last Sunday in July (the 31st) and we aren't exactly sure where it will be this year.  As you in the neighborhood may have noticed, the Belmont Goats have moved a block away due to impending construction on their site, which, was right next to the location of the Lents Street Fair.  So maybe we will be a block away and hopefully still near those darling goats!  Either way, it will still be in downtown Lents.

The registration information will be up in the next couple weeks, and we hope to see your lovely girls there strutting their stuff!  Laying eggs and being dyed fun colors will probably positively influence the voting...

Cheers! Maggie

Astrid this past winter being a very adorable girl!