One of our newest and most popular 4-H projects in Tallapoosa County is Chick Chain. This fun animal sciences project allows youth to get their very own set of backyard chickens. Registration is now open for the 2017 4-H Chick Chain Project.
What Is the Chick Chain Project?
The 4-H Chick Chain Project teaches young people recommended management practices for growing and raising chickens. Participation will help you do the following:
- develop poultry management skills
- learn to produce healthy chickens
- develop awareness of business management
- develop record-keeping skills (income and expenses)
- contribute to your home food supply
- realize the pride of accomplishment
Who Can Participate?
Any young person age 9 through 18 as of January 1 of the project year can participate. You do not have to be a current 4-H member; however, you will need to complete a 4-H enrollment form if you are not a member.
How Chick Chain Project Works
As a participant in the 2017 Chick Chain Project, you will receive 10 chicks in the spring – early May. The chicks will be pullets (females) that are 1 or 2 days old. All chicks will come from a reputable hatchery and will be properly vaccinated. There will be 3 breed options available and you will select 2 of them. You will receive 5 chicks of each breed you have chosen. You will feed and care for these pullets for approximately 20 weeks.
At the end of this time, you will bring 2 of your pullets to your county’s 4-H Chick Chain Show and Auction. Tallapoosa County will participate in the East Alabama Chick Chain Show that will be held on Saturday, September 23rd in Lafayette. Proceeds from the auction will go to the 4-H Chick Chain Project.
To participate in the 2017 Chick Chain Project, please complete the registration form and submit it to the Tallapoosa County Extension office by Wednesday, March 1st. Cost is $40. For more information or questions, contact us at 256-825-1050.