2021 Regional Chicken Project

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Kids showing chickens

Teaching children responsibility, animal husbandry, and money management through raising, processing, and selling chickens.

What Is the Chicken Project?

The Regional Chicken Project is an opportunity for youth in FFA and 4-H in the Southeastern Region to learn more about the livestock industry. Through this project, youth will get to choose hens or broiler chicks to purchase at a discounted rate. The birds will be raised and youth will complete a Project Record Book to chronicle their care and knowledge learned about chickens.

In April, the youth will participate in the Southeastern Chicken Show, where they will demonstrate to the judge their knowledge of the bird. Training for this will be provided through workshops. At the end of the project, the youth will have the opportunity to donate their broilers to process for local food pantries.

The hens can be kept to lay eggs for a potential egg business, sold for profit, or they can be used in future 4-H programs. Broilers will be returned to the project after the show.

BREEDS to select this year will be Broilers, Rhode Island Reds, or California Whites

To register for this year’s Regional Chicken Project, youth must be ages 5 to 18 and actively enrolled in 4-H or FFA. Bladen County families interested in enrolling in 4-H should contact the 4-H Agent, Stacie Kinlaw at skinlaw@ncat.edu or call (910) 862-4591.

The chicken project registration form and fees will be taken at the N.C. Cooperative Extension of Bladen County office at 450 Smith Circle in Elizabethtown weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Checks or cash payments will be accepted.

If you would like more information about this or other 4-H activities, please email skinlaw@ncat.edu.

SAVE THE DATES

Registration Deadlines: January 12, 2021, for Laying Hens and February 4, 2021, for Broilers

Chick Delivery: February 2021

Show: April 2021

***All dates are tentative as plans are still being finalized***
N.C. COOPERATIVE EXTENSION PROHIBITS DISCRIMINATION AND HARASSMENT REGARDLESS OF AGE, COLOR, DISABILITY, FAMILY AND MARITAL STATUS, GENDER IDENTITY, NATIONAL ORIGIN, POLITICAL BELIEFS, RACE, RELIGION, SEX (INCLUDING PREGNANCY), SEXUAL ORIENTATION AND VETERAN STATUS. NC STATE UNIVERSITY, N.C. A&T STATE UNIVERSITY, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS COOPERATING.

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