First and Second Place
Michael McLaughlin won first and second place. His first place photo is of a Buff Brahma hen. Michael received a $100 gift certificate as a first place prize.
His second place photo is a Silver Laced Wyandotte hen. Michael received a $50 gift certificate for second place.
Michael describes how he took the photos:
Last fall my friend and neighbor purchased a dozen chicks to raise for the eggs. We helped her build a coop in her backyard, and in return we are happy to receive a dozen turquoise, brown and beige eggs each week.
The chickens often wander free around our rural neighborhood, and as an amateur photographer I like to keep an eye out for when they make their way into interesting settings. One day I found the hens descending one at a time down a small slope with dew-sparkled branches in the background. As the Buff Brahma carefully stepped down the hill I captured her using my trusty Nikon D90 at f5.6 and shutter speed of 1/100 of a second.
Not long after that I found them clustered around a bird feeder snacking on spilled seed. I liked the way the Silver Wyandotte looked against the Silver Beech tree and took this shot – also at f5.6, but given the brighter light used a faster shutter speed of 1/400 of a second.
Lynda Alerding won third place with this photo of a Silver Laced Wyandotte hen and received as a prize a $25 gift certificate. The hen in the photo is one that Lynda ordered from the Murray McMurray catalog in 2010.
Lynda tells of how she started raising poultry and tells the story behind the hen in the photo:
We started raising chickens in July 2010, our first order being from your hatchery. I had always wanted a small farm since I was a little girl. Since we only have 2/3 of an acre, chickens were “doable.” I researched for a year before taking the plunge. We just love our flock. Chickens are such fascinating creatures.
The chicken in the photo is “Lucky Chicken,” and at the time was only about 4 months old or so. About 6 weeks before this photo of her was taken, a hawk visited the chicken yard. The juvenile hawk had become trapped in the chicken pen, unable to clear the fence. We actually had to cover the hawk with a blanket to calm it down. Eventually it cleared the fence and left.
When all of the chickens came out of hiding, I noticed that the girl in the picture was limping. I picked her up to see what was wrong and found a puncture hole under each wing, where the hawk’s talons had dug in. I’m guessing the young hawk had tried to carry our little pullet away, but had dropped her.
We made a make shift chicken hospital out of an extra large dog crate and placed it in our garage. We flushed our little patient’s injuries with an iodine solution and force fed her antibiotics for a couple of days. She seemed to be fading, but I kept up with the wound care and brought in one of our smaller pullets who resided at the bottom of the pecking order to keep her company. Once her little friend came to stay, our injured girl seemed to regain her will to survive and made a miraculous recovery. We named her “Lucky Chicken” because she was indeed that.
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Thanks for more wonderful photos of pretty chickens!!
Love the pictures and stories. Love the Lucky Chicken story. We had 32 different chickens a couple years ago and lost a few from a Bob cat last year, but the trapper got that one, but not the other. Then a coon got a duck, but this year another Bob cat, and it has taken 10 of our chickens. But we also have a Hawk and a Mountain Lion. So my babies can not go to our field, and not happy chickens.
Linda, What an inspiring story and exceptional pictures. Thanks so much for sharing. Congrads to all the winners.
Beautiful chicken photos!! Only a raiser knows how hard it is to get them to pose for a picture.
Loved Lynda’s story, and the photo’s are great. Thanks for sharing.
Lovely pictures, Michael! You bring pride to the beauty of chickens!
My compliments to the winners. The photos are extremely beautiful. Thank you McMurray for having the contest so we can view such lovely chickens.
Congratulations chicken Doctor.
I had a similar experience but because of a dog. I called our vet to see if I could use neosporin on a chicken. The vet told me it was OK and we kept her in our infirmary for 2 weeks and she is fine.
Thank you! I was so afraid that I wouldn’t be able to save Lucky Chicken! When she started fading I was so upset. It would’ve been far more upsetting for me to have lost her on my watch then to have lost her to the hawk. We have loads of hawks that migrate through here and have actually lost 2 chickens to hawks since then the Lucky Chicken incident.
I love the story of the Lucky Chicken. She’s pretty. Great hen pics!