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!|
See you all next year!