Are you interested in learning more about chickens or hogs? Covington County 4-H, Pike County 4-H and Crenshaw County 4-H have partnered to bring you the Cackle Club and the Pig Pen projects! The goal of each of these projects is to encourage youth to learn about the proper ways to care for, feed, house, and maintain livestock. Youth will learn record keeping and business skills, as well as enjoy the feeling of accomplishment that comes from a job well done.
Cackle Club is our poultry production project. Participants will receive six female chicks and a show cage for $60. Youth can choose from three varieties of birds: Rhode Island Red, Buff Orpington, or Plymouth Barred Rock. A mandatory meeting for parents and youth is planned for Monday, April 18 at 6 PM at the Pike County Extension office. This meeting will explain the project in more detail, and give guidelines for the care of the chickens, biosecurity, and introduce youth to the record keeping that will be required as part of the project. Chicks will arrive in early May and youth will raise them throughout the summer and fall. In October, the youth will show off their work as they compete in the poultry show at the Pike County Fair.
Youth who participate in the Pig Pen will receive up to two young hogs for $75 each. These hogs will be around 40-65 pounds when the project begins, and will grow to be about 250-300 pounds. The mandatory meeting before the Pig Pen project is scheduled for Thursday, April 22 at 6 PM at the Pike County Extension office. Hogs arrive in June, and in October youth will compete in a hog show at the Pike County Fair.
If you are interested in these programs, please contact Mrs. Catherine Rider or Mrs. Katie Lee for more information. You can also call 334-222-1125. The last day to register for both projects is March 17th.