4-H youth found a new adventure this summer. It is called the 4-H Chick Chain! Youth in Choctaw County began the 4-H poultry project on May 20th for the 2nd annual program and participation for this project doubled from last year! 4-Hers anticipated the day of arrival and were very excited when delivery day came around. This 4-H project is designed to teach 4-H members recommended management practices for growing and raising chickens. These youth in Choctaw County join 1500 across the state.
This project will help youth develop poultry management skills by learning to produce healthy chickens, develop awareness for business management, and develop record keeping skills. This is a 20 week project that will conclude with the 4-Her carrying 3 out of the 18 birds to a show and auction, which will be held on October 17 in Linden. However, before receiving the baby chicks, parent and youth were required to attend a mandatory meeting to learn the basics of caring for the chicks to have a successful to start to the project. Youth also had the opportunity to visit a nearby poultry company to understand and comprehend the “Big Picture” of the poultry industry and the impact agriculture has across our state.