IT’S all about chickens for seven-year-old Molly Johnson from North Nowra.
Especially Belgian Bantam D’uccles and one in particular, Mrs Speckles, who won champion at the recent Nowra Poultry Club show.
Dedicated to her love of Mrs Speckles, it took Molly the entire day to ready her beloved chicken for the competition.
It paid off.
Molly was awarded junior champion, champion junior exhibitor and champion junior in the soft feather Bantam categories.
“I was very excited and happy to win,” Molly said.
“I won some vouchers and gift packs.”
Molly said she plans to spoil Mrs Speckles for doing so well in the show.
“I love chickens because they are fluffy and gentle,” she said.
“To get ready for the show I had to make sure Mrs Speckles was clean, which means giving her a bath and a blow-dry.
“She loves it.
“We also put a little oil on the beaks.”
Molly is no stranger to washing chooks, regularly helping her grandmother, Nanny Turner, wash chooks for the live demonstrations at the local shows.
Molly also entered three other chickens and one duck which won champion junior water fowl.
“Ocean’s a blue Indian runner [Duck],” she said.
Mrs Speckles has had quite the career, also recently winning the Belgian Bantam Club of Australia champion D’uccle at the 2014 annual show against 250 other chickens.
Molly said Mrs Speckles was about four years old and may have to think about retiring.
She said being a part of the Nowra Poultry Club was fun.
“I get to meet lots of people and see other chooks,” she said.
Molly’s infectious enthusiasm was shared by Mrs Speckles, who seemed to be enjoying the extra attention the win granted her.