Alamance County 4-H Hosts Chicken Show & Sale
Alamance County 4-H held its first annual 4-H Chicken Show and Sale on Saturday, October 6, 2018, at Buster Sykes Demonstration Farm in Mebane. There were 12 youth participants, ages ranging from 6-16 that showed their chickens in both showmanship and breed classes. Winners announced during the show are as follows: Callie Dellinger 1st place junior showmanship, Grand Champion Barred Plymouth Rock, and 1st place project record book (ages 11-12), Sage Robertson 2nd place junior showmanship, Grand Champion Rhode Island Red, and 2nd place project record book (ages 9-10), Bailey Mayhood 3rd place junior showmanship, Reserve Grand Champion Rhode Island Red, and 1st place project record book (ages 9-10), Holly Miller 4th place junior showmanship, 4th place Rhode Island Red, and 2nd place project record book (ages 11-12), Caitlin Smith 1st place senior showmanship, Reserve Grand Champion Barred Plymouth Rock, and 1st place project record book (ages 16-18), James Keck 2nd place senior showmanship and 3rd place Rhode Island Red. There were also six Cloverbud youth (ages 5-8 that are non-competitive) that showed: Morgan Allred, Mason Mayhood, Charlie Read, Hutch Robertson, Joseph Allred, and Malachi Massey.
The 4-H Youth Chicken Program is an eight-month-long program where youth receive training in chicken husbandry and showmanship. Youth sign up for the program in February, attend husbandry training in March, and receive their day-old chicks in April. Closer to the show and sale, youth attend a showmanship clinic in August to help them prepare for the show. Youth also have to complete a project record book about their chickens and what they learned in the program. Participants have the option of buying their chickens back or selling them through the show and sale. The goal of the program is to teach valuable life skills such as responsibility, record-keeping, and leadership.
To learn more about the 4-H Youth Chicken Program and/or 4-H in Alamance County please contact Taylor Jones, 4-H Extension Agent, or Lauren Langley, Livestock Extension Agent. You can also learn more by visiting our website or Facebook page.