Get Eggcited! It’s Time for the Randolph County 4-H Chick Chain

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4-H Chick Chain

On March 1, 2021, second-grade classrooms all around Randolph County received their supplies for embryology. Forty classrooms in the Randolph County School System, Asheboro City School System, and Uwharrie Charter School System received thirty-six dozen eggs. The eggs came from two local farmers, Mike Hansen of Ozark Akerz Farm in Coleridge and Joe Allen of Deeply Rooted Farmstead in Seagrove. The chicks will hatch after twenty-one days. The chicks are Heritage Breed chickens. Heritage Breeds of poultry are dual purposed meaning that they are good egg layers and once they stop laying can be used for meat. The breeds of poultry used for embryology and the chick chain include: Rhode Island Reds, Brown Leghorns, Dominiques, Wyandottes, Salmon Faverolles, and Bantams. Some of these breeds are on the watch and threatened list that the Livestock Conservancy in Pittsboro is working to bring preserve.

Once the chicks leave the schools, 4-H’ers are able to adopt ten to fifteen chicks. This project will allow the 4-H’er to learn important life skills such as responsibility, time management, record keeping, money management, and more. They will raise them until the fall when the Randolph County 4-H Poultry Show is held. At the poultry show the 4-H’ers will show a pen of three hens and their most handsome rooster as well as participate in a showmanship class.

The Chick Chain Pickup and Educational Meeting will be held at the N.C. Cooperative Extension, Randolph County Center on March 25 at 6 p.m. The registration fee is  $15.00 per child or $30 for families with more than two participants to cover the expenses of the poultry and show premiums.

To sign up for the Chick Chain, please visit https://go.ncsu.edu/randolphchickchain2021.

For more questions about this project, please contact Allison Walker by email at allison_walker@ncsu.edu or text/call (336) 467-2927.