Chicken People

Synopsis: Chicken People is a funny and uplifting look at the world of show chickens and the people who love them. Starting at the largest national poultry competition, likened to the Westminster Dog Show for chickens, Chicken People follows three top competitors over the course of a year as they grapple with life's challenges while vying to win the next year's crown. Both humorous and heartfelt, Chicken People is an unforgettable celebration of the human spirit.
Director(s): Nicole Lucas Haimes
Production: Motto Pictures
  2 nominations.
 
IMDB:
7.0
Metacritic:
81
Rotten Tomatoes:
100%
Year:
2016
83 min
Website
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- When I'm working

with my chickens,

I feel that it calms them.

Maybe it doesn't;

Maybe they hate it.

But, you know...

Someday

when I'm awfully low

when the world is cold

I will feel a glow

just thinking of you

just the way

you look tonight

- I've studied my

"standard of perfection"...

Time and time and time again.

- We're trying to create a bird

that looks exactly

like the "standard

of perfection."

That's a book that was drawn

over 100 years ago.

Each breed has

an excellent illustration

of what it should look like.

We have a written description

of every feather,

what it's exactly

supposed to be.

And everyone strives

to get the bird

as perfectly to that standard

as you can.

- Instead of reading

a novel or, you know, fiction,

I get out

my chicken "standard,"

and I'm constantly striving

to educate myself

on things that I might not be

so well-versed at.

- If you understand your breed

and you understand

the "standard,"

then you know you're confident

in what you're raising.

And you really want the judge

to see that.

- We've never created

a perfect bird,

but we're all working on it.

That's the goal.

- I bet she's happy

to get out of that box.

- I know.

She's very happy.

- Really, mom?

- I can--

- really?

- I've been washing chickens

for five days straight.

I mean, every day.

It's so rewarding.

When you put all that time

and effort into something

and then you raise a bird

that makes it

all the way to champion row

and then potentially

a best in show,

I mean, what else could you

ask for in life?

That's perfect for me.

- When you come

to the Ohio nationals,

you expect

to just get your butt whupped.

- All the best breeders

are here.

They all bring their best birds.

Everybody brings

the best stuff.

- There's 10,000 birds here.

And there's people

from 40-plus states,

and they all do what I do,

and they're passionate about it

just like I am.

- Everyone comes with that goal

ultimately to win the show.

I mean, it's like

the westminster of the chickens.

- Patty has a mind

of her own.

She does whatever she wants,

whenever she wants.

- Oh, yeah, you're really happy.

- Stanley.

- Oh.

- Yeah.

- This is my all-time

favorite show,

Ohio nationals.

It's just huge.

And in order to--

- she got a little yucky.

- She laid an egg, and--

- uh-oh.

- I'm currently in a show

in Branson, Missouri,

called number one hits

of the '60s.

- You know make me want to

- shout

- kick my heels up and

- shout

- throw my hands up and...

I put my performance job

in jeopardy

to be here with the chickens,

so...

Get her little beak

clean here.

- She just doodled

on the floor, there.

He just basically

wants to spend his whole life

messing with chickens.

- Look at the head too;

Look at that skull.

- Yeah.

- The best thing about this is,

i get to do it with this guy.

- Yeah.

- You know?

- That's a good thing, yeah.

- Or you could do

the two cocks.

- Sure, let's do

the two cocks.

Oh, boy.

You can tell

that some of these

still have old feathers.

- No way.

You've got to be kidding me.

He didn't like her

a bit.

Doesn't know what

the hell he's looking at.

Look at that back.

There's a flat back

and then a...

He doesn't know his ass

from a hole in the ground.

I know what my birds are,

and I know how good they are.

It's a very natural thing

for me to get quite...

Um, upset...

When a bird of mine doesn't do

as well as it should,

because I study

my "standard" constantly,

so I know

what the breeds require.

- Judging is not

an exact science.

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