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4-H Embrylogy Projects

Baby ChickBaby Chick EmbryoCalhoun County 4-H is excited to announce two new poultry related projects this year:

4-H Embryology Project

2016 Meetings Dates and Timeline

Tuesday, April 12th 3:00-4:00 PM CT Calhoun County Extension Office What is embryology?

Incubator set up

Put in eggs

Tuesday, April 19th 3:00-4:PM CT Calhoun County Extension Office Candle eggs (use light to see chicks developing inside)

Parts of an egg

Return chick adoption forms

Tuesday, April 26th 3:00-4:00 PM CT Calhoun County Extension Office Candle

Parts of a chicken

Tuesday, May 3rd 3:00-4:00 PM CT Calhoun County Extension Office See chicks hatching

Breeds of chickens

Friday, May 6th 3:00-4:00 PM CT Calhoun County Extension Office Chick adoption day

How to care for baby chicks (Mandatory that an adult attend with youth adopting chicks on this day.)

 

Information: 

  • This project is open to all youth in Calhoun County 5 to 17 years of age as of September 1, 2015.
  • Complete the registration form and bring it and the $5 fee for each participant in this program to your 4-H Agent.
  • Participants may choose to adopt 1-3 chicks depending on availability and desire. However, you do not have to adopt a chick at the conclusion of the program if you do not wish to.
  • Chicks are adopted on a first come first served basis. Adoption forms will be collected on Tuesday, April 19th.  You may choose to adopt a maximum of 1, 2, or 3 chicks.  Once a total count of live chicks is taken upon hatching, we will assign one chick to each person wishing to adopt, then a second to those wishing to adopt two or three, and then a third to those wishing to adopt three.  That is, until all the chicks have been assigned.  Adoption forms will be numbered as they are turned in at the meeting sign-in table on the 19th.  That is the order in which chicks will be assigned.
  • Participants who choose to adopt chicks will be given written care instructions, and are expected to be prepared to care for chicks in an ethical and humane manner once they get them home.
  • In the event that no chicks hatch or no chicks survive, (an unlikely event typically due to mechanical failure of the incubators) measures will be taken to procure live chicks from another source for those wishing to adopt. We cannot make any promises though.
  • To register for the Embryology Project, call Calhoun County Extension Office at 850-674-8323 or email pegfrith@ufl.edu
  • 4-H Introduction to Poultry Project

2016 Meeting Dates and Timeline:

Friday, May 6th 3:00-4:00 PM CT Calhoun County Extension Office Chick Adoption Day

How to care for baby chicks (Mandatory that an adult attend with youth adopting chicks on this day.)

Monday, October 3rd 5:30 PM CT Calhoun County Extension Office Poultry Showmanship  and Interview Workshop
Saturday, October 29th 10:00 AM CT Calhoun County Extension Office Poultry Show and Interviews

 

Information

  • In May, you take delivery of 1-3 chicks.
  • You will raise and care for your chicks for about 21 weeks.
  • You will participate in a show and showmanship or interview contest with your best chicken.

What do youth learn by participating in either of the projects?

  • Learn how to produce healthy chickens through proper poultry nutrition and care
  • Develop communication skills
  • Begin developing basic business practices
  • Develop record keeping skills

How can youth participate?

  1. You must be or become a 4-H member in your county and be at least 5 years old as of September 1, 2015.
  2. Complete the registration form. Take it and appropriate fee to your 4-H Agent. Fee schedule is stated in item 7 below.
  3. Attend the mandatory youth/parent or guardian meeting.
  4. Pick up your chicks on the date specified.
  5. Participate in the Showmanship and Interview Workshop.
  6. Participate in the 4-H show and showmanship or interview contests*.
  7. Families may share one project for up to 3 youth for a $20 fee. Each additional child added is a $5 fee.
  8. Each youth must complete their own record book and will participate in the show and showmanship or interview separately.
  9. To register for the Introduction to Poultry Project, call Calhoun County Extension Office at 850-674-8323 or email pegfrith@ufl.edu

 

*The interview contest is for Cloverbud aged youth (5-7) and those who are older but unable to handle their birds for health reasons.

 

4-H is open to ALL youth, ages of 5-18, regardless of race, color, creed, nationality, ethnicity, gender, or disability.  Persons with disabilities requiring special accommodations need to contact the 4-H office at least 10 working days prior to the program so that proper consideration may be given to the request (850-674-8323).

 

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