By Dawn Stucky
Clemson Extension Agent
It’s that time of year for youth to sign up for the 2021 4-H Poultry Project. Consider the fun of raising and showing chickens. Youth have an opportunity to learn valuable lessons in the care of and maintenance of a flock in a fun and engaging atmosphere.
The Savannah Valley 4-H Poultry Project is offered to youth between the ages of five to eighteen through the Colleton/Hampton County Clemson Extension Office.
Offered this year is the 4-H Laying Flock project. The Laying Flock project is designed for youth that already have chickens at home and are not interested in raising new birds. Participants have the same opportunities to show as those in the Pullet Chain.
The cost to participate in the Laying Flock Project is $10 for 4-H members. Laying Flock applications are due May 3. 2021.
Youth will also have opportunities to exhibit their poultry knowledge or showcase their 4-H project experience by participating in various educational opportunities leading up to the final show.
Youth who register for the SC 4-H Poultry Projects must also register and pay their SC 4-H Membership at www.v2.4honline.com. With the membership, youth will receive a t-shirt and have the opportunity to participate in other 4-H projects offered for the year including clubs, projects, and summer camps.
The 4-H Poultry Project, like our other animal projects, is a rewarding experience for young people. They learn responsibility and caring and a vast array of life skills that will help them grow into versatile, well-rounded adults. 4-H animal projects, such as the 4-H Poultry Project, encourage the process of “discovery” of knowledge and solutions and build competence and confidence.
To participate in the 4-H poultry projects, youth must complete the poultry registration online and pay the project fee. Fees are dependent on which poultry project youth participate in and the number of birds ordered. Forms are available through local Clemson Extension Offices or online at https://www.clemson.edu/extension/4h/programs/ag-animals/livestock/poultry.htm.
For more information, contact Dawn Stuckey, Colleton and Hampton Counties 4-H Agent at email@example.com or contact your local Clemson Extension office.