On Saturday, October 24, 2015, there was a new show in Fayette! Fayette, Lamar, Marion and Pickens Counties started a program in February called Chick Chain. The 4-H Chick Chain project is designed to teach 4-H members recommended management practices for growing and raising chickens. Each youth participating paid $30-$35 (dependent on the breeds they chose) and in May received 13 chicks that were 1-2 days old and were all pullets (females). They received 3 breeds of chickens that were selected from a pre-designated breed group of 4 different breeds. The chicks came from a reputable hatchery and were all properly vaccinated. The participants took care of these pullets for approximately 21 weeks and kept a detailed record book related to their project. Each participant was trained on bio-security measures and a home visit was conducted by either Ronni Rena Brasher, 4-H Foundation REA for Fayette/Marion Counties or Carla Lewis, 4-H Foundation REA for Lamar/Pickens Counties. On October 24, the youth brought their 3 best pullets (of one breed) to the 4-H Chick-Chain Show and Sale. For those who brought their pullets to the show and sale, they will receive their deposit money back and ribbons for Showmanship and Breed Classes. If they successfully raised all pullets, they have some left that belong to them for egg production or meat harvesting.
Judges for the Showmanship and Breed Class were Mississippi State University Students Twain Womack, Senior in Poultry Production Systems; Marcus Hill, Senior in Poultry Science; and Dana Dittoe, Senior in Poultry Science. The 4-H Chick Chain Youth Participants; parents; spectators; bidders; program sponsors; MSU Judges Twain Womack, Marcus Hill, Dana Dittoe; Auctioneer Rusty Jones; Alabama Cooperative Extension Director, Dr. Gary Lemme; Fayette County CEC, Warren Griffith; Marion County CEC, Lisa Murphy; Pickens County CEC, Patti Presley-Fuller; ACES Animal Science REA, Alex Tigue; 4-H Foundation REA’s Ronni Rena Brasher, Carla Lewis, Rebecca Danley; and Fayette County Administrative Associate, Sherry Kelley; worked hard to make our first Chick Chain Show and Auction a huge success. A special thanks goes to Rebecca Danley, Marion County 4-H Foundation REA who was hired in August for the great pictures.
FLMP Showmanship Winners were:
Top Fundraiser Award
Reese Hennicke Marion County
FLMP Breed Class Winners were:
Grand Champion Pen
Briley Newman Buff Orpington Pickens County
Reserve Champion Pen
Alaina Jones Black Australorp Pickens County