4-H Chick Chain - Teaching Children
responsibility, animal husbandry, and money
management through raising and selling chickens!
Do your children love animals? Do you
have a little extra space in your yard? Would
you like your kids to learn about money management?
The 4-H Chick Chain may be right for you!
What is a 4-H Chick Chain?
The 4-H Chick
Chain is a new program through our 4-H Livestock for
youth ages 5-18. Each child will receive 10 chicks
of laying breeds in May. Your child and at
least one parent will have attended an orientation
meeting about how to raise your chickens at home.
Through 4-H you will receive information and
training on how to properly show a chicken.
You will feed and care for your chicks until the
Southeast Chick Chain Show and Sale. At the
Show and Sale, you will return with 3 of your birds.
You will show your birds and offer them for sale at
auction. The majority of the money you receive
for your birds is yours to keep, and a small portion
is returned to 4-H so we can purchase the birds for
the next year.
What’s in it
A 4-H Chick Chain is a fun,
easy, and inexpensive way to get started with
chickens. Chickens are easy to raise and very
popular as pets. The concept of a chain allows
some of the chickens to stay at home and encourages
the child to manage a flock through selling eggs.
When is the Show and Sale?
The Southeast Chick Chain Show and Sale is November
8, 2014. On this day, each child will return
with 3 of their birds to show them and win awards.
Afterwards an open auction will be held and the
birds will be for sale to the public.
When do I get my chicks?
pick up day will be sometime in May. We are
working with a hatchery to determine the exact day.
How do I sign up?
deadline is March 3, 2014. All youth must pay
$25 and have the entry forms filled out. You
can contact Stacie Kinlaw or Becky Spearman
with Bladen County Cooperative Extension at
Becky_spearman@ncsu.edu for the entry
forms or if you have questions about this project.