The Winston County 4-H program is offering youth the opportunity to take part in the 4-H Chick Chain project. The purpose of the 4-H Chick Chain project is to teach 4-H’ers the basics of caring for poultry, personal responsibility, and basic recordkeeping skills. In the 4-H Chick Chain project, young people purchase 24 one day old chicks, grow them out for approximately 18 weeks, and then bring five of the pullets to the Winston County 4-H Chick Chain Show and Auction. 4-H’ers may choose three of five breeds available. Breeds available are Rhode Island Reds, Barred Plymouth Rock, Buff Minorca, Black Australorps, and Americauna. The cost of the chicks is $50.00. At the Chick Chain Show, the entries will be judged and auctioned. 4-H’ers keep the proceeds of the auction and they often get back all of their initial $50 investment. Any young person ages 9 to 19 in Winston County or adjoining area is eligible, and they do not have to have been previously enrolled in 4-H. Participants must register by Thursday, March 28, 2013, with the Winston County Extension Office. Please contact the Winston County Extension office for more information and a registration form at 205 489-5376.
4-H’er holds pullets that she raised in the 4-H Chick Chain Project.