1st Annual Hertford Co. 4-H Chicken & Rabbit Show

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Hertford County 4-H celebrated National 4-H Week by holding a 4-H Chicken and Rabbit Show. This was a new program for Hertford County 4-H. The event was held on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at the Tractor Supply Company in Ahoskie. 8 youth participated in the small animal project. The youth had the option to participate in both the chicken and rabbit project or they could just choose one project to focus on. The youth who chose to complete a poultry project were given three baby chicks to raise. The youth received their chicks in June. They chose their favorite or best chick to bring to the show. Six 4-Her’s competed in the 4-H chicken project and show. The youth learned how to care for and handle their birds. On show day the youth participated in a showmanship class and a meat class. The showmanship class is designed for the judge to see how the youth worked with their bird. The meat class is judging the bird on a market ready bird. Jake Williams was the first place winner with his hen. Other participants in the chicken show were Alicia Bateman, Lillie Stallings, Reagan Howell, Logan Parker, and Brody Parker. 

Three youth chose to work on 4-H rabbit projects. These youth selected rabbits to care for and train for the rabbit show. The participants in the rabbit show were Reese Howell, Reagan Howell, and Emily Canady. There was a showmanship and meat class category as well for the rabbits. Reagan Howell was the first place winner with her rabbit.

All youth completed a 4-H project record book on their project. The record book teaches the youth how to keep accurate records on raising animals and the youth learn about their project as they have to complete worksheets related to their project. Everyone stated they enjoyed their 4-H Chicken and Rabbit Project and hope to participate again next year. Please contact our office for more information on the 4-H Chicken and Rabbit Projects.