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