A scene from Chicken People.

Chicken People is a charming documentary about people who raise chickens for competition—and the people in this movie take their craft seriously.

There’s the mom who got over a drinking problem by focusing on her chickens, resulting in a sense of career purpose and a few awards. There’s the singer with a gig in Branson, Mo., who longs to be home with his family, taking care of his chickens and attending the major competitions. Then there’s the engineer who designs race-car and tractor-pull engines, but works obsessively on the side with chickens for show.

The movie also conveys a lot of information about chickens themselves, including the many breeds, and their kind-of-adorable mannerisms. Let it be said: Some of the chickens the folks raise in this movie are pretty impressive!

Director Nicole Lucas Haimes has made a fun movie that leads up to a final competition where all of those mentioned above are involved. I never thought I’d find a chicken beauty pageant interesting—but Haimes makes it so.

Chicken People is available on demand and via online sources including iTunes and Amazon.com.