18 August 2009

Chicken Stylin' at the Iowa State Fair

I've been going to the Iowa State Fair for many, many years, but this is the first year I've seen the Chicken Washing & Blow-Drying demonstration. We watched several chickens being washed, then we got the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to blow-dry one of the chickens!

Surprisingly, chickens don't mind being washed and dried. In fact, I'd say it's MUCH easier to wash a chicken than a cat. But in reality, the only time you'd wash a chicken is if you were planning to show it in a contest. If you were a chicken farmer, you'd never pluck your chickens out of the hen house to give them a bath.

If you missed the Chicken Washing & Blow-Drying demonstration, don't despair! I took some careful notes.

First, dunk your chicken into a tub of warm water. Lather with Special Chicken Shampoo and then rinse the chicken in a second tub of clean water.

Immediately wrap your chicken in a towel. GENTLY squeeze the excess water from the feathers -- "gently" being the operative word here. You do not want to create chicken nuggets!

Then, with your hair dryer on the low/cool setting, begin to blow-dry your chicken. We were instructed to hold the dryer at an angle for maximum fluffage. That's Daughter pictured above, BTW. After her arm got tired, I took a turn blow-drying the chicken. (Okay, that's not quite true...I insisted on taking a turn!)

And this is the beautifully coiffed chicken -- all clean and fresh!

Now, what is it they say? "Winner, winner, chicken dinner!"

Sorry -- I couldn't resist! (NO OFFENSE, MRS. CHICKEN!)


Debbie said...

Chicken nuggets, LOL. I haven't been to a fair in a looooonnnng time, seems like things have changed quite a bit! Sheep in spandex, chickens being blow dried!!! What next???

Cheri said...

Too funny:) I like a nice clean chicken myself, lol

Jill/Twipply Skwood said...

Chicken shampoo! Well, I'll be dipped! And a blow dry! I don't even blow dry my OWN hair!

Jill/Twipply Skwood said...

For the first time in my entire life I got to say to The-Guy-Who-Knows-A-Song-About-A-Chicken, "Look! Here's a picture of someone shampooing a chicken. And giving it a blow dry!" And let me tell you, no matter that he was the only guy on all of J-Date who actually emailed me with the name of a song about a chicken, he never has seen that before either. :-) :-) :-)

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