2023 Coastal Plains 4-H Chicken Project

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Registration Deadline is December 31st, 2022.

Youth ages 5-18, as of January 1, 2023, may participate in the program. They must be a 4-H member, a student who is taking an agriculture education class, or an FFA member of a participating school. Youth can enroll in their county 4-H program to participate. All first-time participants of the Coastal Plains Chicken Project must attend an orientation training and a showmanship/project book training hosted by Cooperative Extension or a High School Ag Ed Program. These meetings will be held in multiple locations. Along with general information about
raising birds, participants will be expected to follow the National 4-H Poultry Standard for showmanship, which will be covered at these meetings.
Families and agricultural education classes can split birds, but every child must have their own bird they are responsible for.
Participants will raise the chicks until the show, under the supervision of the guardians or agricultural education class, with help from Extension Agents and Teachers. The project will be canceled if the ban of showing chickens is in effect, due to the threat of Avian Influenza or other communicable diseases.
Youth must choose to show either a broiler or a hen to exhibit at the show (however, you may use a different bird for showmanship) at the show on Tuesday, May 9, 2023 at the Lenoir County Livestock Arena in Kinston, NC. A qualified adult will judge the show. Poultry Record Books must be completed and turned-in by 5:00 p.m. on April 21, 2023 to your Extension Agent or FFAAdvisor. Youth who do not turn-in books by the deadline will not be eligible for premiums/prizes.
There will not be an auction, hens are the responsibility of the youth after the show. Broilers must be returned to show committee.
Anticipated bird arrival date is the 2nd week of February for laying hen chicks and mid-March for broilers.
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN REGISTERING FOR THIS AWESOME 4-H OPPORTUNITY, PLEASE CONTACT TRACI SPENCER AT tjspenc2@ncsu.edu or call (910)259-1393. Please register no later than December 31st, 2022.