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2023 North Central District Egg-Laying Chicken Project

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Youth ages 5-18, in the North Central Extension District are invited to participate in the Egg-Laying Chicken Project. Youth are expected to purchase four chicks from the program (this ensures that all chicks are the same age and have the same genetics). For 2023, you can receive either four Buff Orpington or four Barred Rock chicks to raise for a small fee of $20. Raise them, while keeping a record of what you do when, how much you spend on feed, and other poultry project information. Then, practice showing your bird and show your best hen at the Egg-Laying Poultry Show on May 6, 2023.

To see a bit of what a 4-H youth show typically entails, you can watch this video from Rowan County.
Birds will be shown twice. Once to see how well the exhibitor shows their bird, the condition, and handling of the bird AND a second time for the judge to evaluate your bird.
This video from Penn State Extension is a good educational resource on showmanship.
You may access additional showmanship tips, slides, and information Online via GoogleDrive.
TIMELINE – Calendar of Events

December 16, 2022, 5 p.m. – Registration and Payment Deadline – Payment is due to your County Extension Office. Find your county livestock or 4-H Extension Agent or the address to your County Center.

January 5, 2023, 6:30 p.m. – Join us for a Zoom Webinar on Brooding Chicks 
(this session will be recorded for you to watch later if you can’t attend)

January 12, 2023, 6:30 p.m. – Join us for a Zoom Webinar on Chicken Housing
(this session will be recorded for you to watch later if you can’t attend)

January 19, 2023, 6:30 p.m. – Join us for a Zoom Webinar on Chicken Health
(this session will be recorded for you to watch later if you can’t attend)

Mid-January, 2023 – Receive chicks from your local County Extension Center

TBD Spring  – Poultry Showmanship Workshops

April 20  – completed project books are due

May 6, 2023  – District Poultry Show, Winston-Salem Fairgrounds, 421 N. 27th St., Winston-Salem

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