4-H members wishing to participate in the Poultry Project ("Chick Chain") should complete an application and pay a $25 fee to receive one dozen baby chickens in a specific breed. Breeds vary by year, but we always offer at least three for participants to chose from. Each member can purchase one set only. This project is only available to the first 60 members.
Applications are due in February and chickens arrive in March (around spring break) each year. Members raise the chickens and in September bring only three of them back for the 4-H Show & Sale. The remaining nine are yours to keep forever! The 4-H Show & Sale is held in September.
At the 4-H Show & Sale (held in September) members can expect:
- All chickens will be judged and prizes awarded all chickens will be judged and prizes awarded
- All chickens will be sold, auction style (proceeds go to local 4-H club)
- Monetary awards are given for Grand, Reserve, and Third Place Champion winners
- Record book winners will be announced (books are due September 2 to the office)
Upon completion of the project, 4-H members will receive their initial starting fee ($25) back. A check will be available for pick-up at the 4-H Office one week AFTER the 4-H Show & Sale date. This check is forfeited, if the project is not completed.
2017 Chick Chain Dates of Importance
Applications accepted After February 3rd (applications will be accepted until we reach 60 participants)
Mandatory Meeting Thursday,March 2nd at 5pm at AgCentral Coop in Athens
Chickens Arrive Friday, March 17, 2017 at the 4-H office
Chick Chain Show & Sale September 14, 2017 5pm at the Showbarn on Highway 30 in Athens
Chick Chain App 2017.doc
GROWING BLUE RIBBON PULLETS, PB915.pdf
Poultry Project Book.pdf
Backyard Chickens Information Publication.pdf