4-Hers compete in fourth annual Regional Chicken Show

WHITE LAKE — On April 26, the lakeside picnic shelter at the N.C. FFA Center at White Lake was converted to a show field for the evening — a show for chickens.

There were more than 50 youth ages 5 to 18 involved in 4-H and FFA from counties across the Southeast Region who came out to show their hens and broilers that they have been raising and caring for over the last few months.

In order to participate, the youth had to register through their school FFA advisor or their 4-H or Livestock Agent through NC Cooperative Extension. Registration for laying hens took place in December; while youth that raised and showed broilers had until early February to commit to the project. At least two required trainings were provided in each county to teach the youth about proper care, biosecurity, showmanship techniques, record keeping, and more.

Three areas of competition were judged including showmanship which is the handling of the bird and being able to verbally share their knowledge about the anatomy and breed to a judge; breed which the judge compares the overall look of the bird including fullness, color, health, etc. in comparison with the other birds of its same breed; and project record books which is a written record of knowledge gained and evidence of learning through the project.

Bladen County 4-H had 15 members participate in the Southeast Regional Chicken Show. Cloverbud participants (between the ages of 5 and 8) included Cooper Mills, Ruby Stephens, Noah Stephens, Noah White, Fox Sutton, Shelby Herring, Ellie Kinlaw, Bristol Allen and Brooke Jernigan. Junior participants (between 9 and 13) were Aubrey Schwable, Luke Barber, Chelsea Barnes, Landon Herring and Joshua Lennon. Our Senior participant (between 14 and 18) was Olivia Barnes. There were 5 youth who were not able to be at the show, but participated in raising birds. They were Harlie Shaw, Aidan Trinidad, Lena Damasco-Trinidad, Lee Barnes, and Gavin Elks.

The local youth brought home several ribbons and medals.

This is the fourth year that we have offered the Regional Chicken Project in our area. Initially, over 80 kids signed up representing Bladen, Brunswick, Cumberland, Hoke, Montgomery and Robeson Counties. Recognition and ribbons were given to all Cloverbuds ages 5 to 8 for their participation in showmanship and record books.

Ribbons were presented to the following youth for their achievements in the Showmanship and breed classes:

Senior Showmanship

1st Ambrosia Carthens

2nd Ashlyn Johnson

3rd Marla Hughes

4th Savannah Geroux

5th Logan Paxton

Red Sex Links

1st Braxton Swain

2nd Jamie Moore

3rd Ashlyn Johnson


1st Olivia Barnes

2nd Landon Herring

3rd Noah White

4-H 9-10 year old Books

1st Aubrey Schwable

2nd Dade Bostleman

3rd Olivia Ryan-Hobbs

3rd Anthony Bosler

4-H 13-15 year old Books

1st Marla Hughes

FFA Middle School

1st Lillian Crowder

Junior Showmanship

1st Luke Barber

2nd Chase Lindsey

3rd Caleb Locklear

4th Hector Hughes

5th Italia Hall

Black Laced Silver Wyandottes

1st Megan Hoffman

2nd Luke Barber

3rd Ashlyn Johnson

4-H 11-12 year old Books

1st Chase Lindsey

2nd Hector Hughes

3rd Luke Barber

4-H 16-18 year old Books

1st Ashlyn Johnson

2nd Olivia Barnes

3rd Anthony Bosler

FFA High School

1st Savanna Geroux

2nd Nolan Chavis

Parents and youth reported that improved responsibility and improved communication as a result of their participation in the Regional Chicken Project.

For more information about youth livestock programming in your county, please contact your local NC Cooperative Extension Office in Bladen County at 910-862-4591.