4-H’ers Recognized at Regional Chicken Competition

— Written By J. Scott Enroughty
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New Hanover County County 4-H is excited to recognize three 4-H members for their participation and hard work in the 2022 Regional Chicken Project Competition. Grayson Brazik, Jordyn Smith, and Madilyn Smith took part in the project, which involved raising chickens since February and showing them at a show on the campus of Bladen Community College on April 22.

Jordyn Smith placed 7th in Showmanship in the Senior division (14 to18-year-olds).

Grayson Brazik placed 3rd in Showmanship in the Senior division (14 to 18-year- olds).

Madilyn Smith placed 2nd in Showmanship in the Senior division (14 to 18-year olds) and received 2nd place for her record book.

Jordyn Smith is pictured along with her chicken. A 7th place ribbon is pictured beside them. Grayson Brazik is pictured along side his chicken, a 3rd place ribbon is pictured along side him. Madilyn Smith is pictured along side her chicken. A 2nd place ribbon is pictured along side them.

The Regional Chicken Project is an opportunity for youth in Future Farmers of America and 4-H in the Southeastern Region to learn more about raising poultry. Youth from more than eight counties in North Carolina in the Southeast and Central Regions took part in this project. The contest is open to youth registered in FFA and 4-H programs in those counties. The youth purchased a hen or a broiler chick at a discounted rate and raised them for almost two months before showing them. They also took part in three virtual trainings and complete a record book. The Project Record Book is for youth to record their knowledge gained and their care of the animals over the course of this project. The record books were judged prior to the show based on age of the participants. Cloverbuds (5– to 7-year-olds) receive participation awards for their efforts; however Juniors (8– to 10-year-olds), Intermediates (11– to 13-year-olds), and Seniors (14– to 18-year-olds) are judged competitively. After the show, youth raising meat chickens or broilers were given the opportunity to donate their birds to be processed and donated to local food pantries. Youth with laying hens have the opportunity to keep their birds to start an egg business or sell their birds for a profit.

Congratulations to our New Hanover County 4-H participants for their hard work and exceptional efforts competing in this competition. For more information, please contact J. Scott Enroughty, 4-H Agent at jsenroug@ncsu.edu