In all our festive seasons, it's always good to remember that our chickens are part of the family. They like to feel included!
This competition was to celebrate exactly that.
People wishing to enter were asked to share photographs or videos of their chickens having fun during the Christmas holiday festivities.
It might be enjoying a specially made treat, tucking into the leftovers from a festive meal, celebrating with family members, or perhaps a specially decorated coop.
Photos for my competitions don't need to be "professional" – they just need to be of reasonable quality (smartphone photos are perfectly good for this) and tell a story of a family and their chickens at a special time.
Have you seen my review of the ever popular "Extraordinary Chickens Calendar" yet?
It's an amazing calendar I buy every year. It features the most beautiful photos of chickens you'll ever see! They're truly stunning.
Some will be familiar to you, others new. I've learned a lot about unusual breeds from this calendar, over the years.
If you've not yet seen it yet, take a few minutes to read my review now – because that's the prize I gave away to the winners of my competition!
A huge thank you to everyone who entered this competition – there were over 100 entries, and over 500 votes cast for the most popular!
It was really very difficult choosing between them.
My top 5 winners were chosen by popular vote, and from those I chose one overall winner based on originality and the best reflection of "festive chickens".
Joshua had a lot of votes for this photo, and I chose it as the overall winner because of its obvious winter setting, its festive touch, and most of all because of its humour.
The hens all look very surprised at the strange, shiny, green "egg"!
Thank you, Joshua – this photo made me chuckle!
Please note: all the images have been made smaller and of a less good quality than when they were originally submitted. All are covered by copyright.
The photos are listed in alphabetical order – they are all winners!
Beautiful Silver Laced Polish chickens trying to work out what the white ground covering is! – And thanks too for the photo of the turkey in a hat, Nicolle!
Isn't that what friends are for? – Helping each other find the tastiest of treats in the winter weather!
Beautiful Benny! What a great way to let in Christmas morning – or any other morning, come to that!
This photo made me smile, as Angelina sits, surrounded by frost, chilling out with her hens, who seem to be admiring those lovely colourful trousers!
We've all been there – the thrill of seeing our very first egg. Don't you think the red background gives a lovely Christmassy feel?
Buffy, a Christmas tree, Santa, snowman and reindeer – a real taste of a festive holiday!
Thank you all! I had such a lot of fun looking through all your photos and seeing your lovely chickens! It really made my Christmas!
All my winners are on the way to receiving a copy of the Extraordinary Chickens calendar.
As I said earlier, watch out for more competitions in my weekly Chicken Digest newsletter – the next one will likely be around an Easter theme!
Chickens are not the easiest creatures to take photos of! Just when you think you have the perfect shot, someone gets in the way, or spots a tasty bug and moves, or decides it's the perfect time to poop...
I happen to have an article about how to photograph chickens without losing your mind! Feel free to take a look at it before you submit yours.
If you're looking for inspiration, try taking a look at any of these articles.
It was fun to see all the entries, and I hope you had as much fun both submitting them, judging them and looking at the winners.
And always remember: in the world of chicken keeping, everyone's a winner!