2017 Chicken Project taking registrations in Bladen County

ELIZABETHTOWN — The Bladen County Extension Office is now accepting registrations for the annual Chicken Project.

The Chicken Project is an opportunity for youth in FFA and 4-H to learn more about the livestock industry. Through the project, youth will get to choose hens or broiler chicks to purchase at a discounted rate.

The youth will then raise the birds and complete a project record book to record their care and knowledge about the chickens.

In May, the youth will participate in the Southeastern Chicken Show, where they will demonstrate to the judges their knowledge of the bird. Training will be provided through workshops and classes.

At the end of the project, youth will have the chance to donate their broilers to process for local food pantries or keep for their own processing. The hens can be kept to lay eggs for a potential egg business or can be sold for profit.

Participants must be ages 5 to 18 as of Jan. 1, 2017, and must be a member of FFA or 4-H — but membership in 4-H can be established by contacting the Bladen County 4-H agent to complete required enrollment forms.

Registration for laying hens is required by Dec. 21 and registration for broilers is not required until February.

Bladen County Livestock Agent Becky Spearman or 4-H Agent Stacie Kinlaw can be reached at 910-862-4591 if there are any questions.

A registration form is attached for printing.