Can you feel it?  The promise of spring is in the air.  Pollen is falling, grass is greening up, azaleas are blooming and it’s time to kick off the 2016 Florida 4-H Chick Chain project.  This program is designed to help youth learn how to raise baby chicks from one-day-old to laying age while learning responsibility, record keeping and communication skills.

How does the 4-H Chick Chain work? 
Youth will select two breeds of chickens to raise and take ownership of 12 baby chicks.  Breeds include: Pearl White Leghorn, Rhode Island Red, Dominque, Golden Laced Wyandotte, Polish Top Hat and Buff Brahma

Youth will raise the chicks to about 22 weeks old and then participate in a 4-H district show and showmanship contest with their three best pullets (young hens less than one-year-old) from one breed.  If you have more than one child in your family, you can share one project.

The 4-H Chick Chain is designed to take you step by step through the process of raising your birds to healthy laying age.  Before you take ownership of your chicks, you’ll participate in a youth/parent workshop where you’ll receive a production manual and tips to make your project a success.  During the summer, there will be a care and showmanship workshop.  Your 4-H Agent or volunteer will also make a home visit to check up on your progress, and we’ll also have a record book workshop to help you tackle the record keeping part of your project. 

The 4-H Chick Chain is open to all youth ages 5-18.  Registration cost is $50 and includes your 12 chicks, production manual and entry for the show and showmanship contest. 

For more information contact Julie Dillard at 850-638-6180 or juliepd@ufl.edu