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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 for me?
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?
Chick pick up day will be sometime in May.  We are working with a hatchery to determine the exact day.
How do I sign up?

The Entry 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 Stacie_kinlaw@ncsu.edu or Becky_spearman@ncsu.edu for the entry forms or if you have questions about this project.


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