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District 4-H Chick Chain Show

The 2018 4-H Chick Chain Show was held on Saturday, September 29th at the Ag Center in Chipley, Florida.  Forty-three youth from the Northwest District that includes counties from Jefferson to Escambia, competed in this event.

Veteran 4-H Chick Chain Participants Beau and Myra Miles.

Youth from Jackson County 4-H have participated in this event since 2015 when it was piloted through a partnership with Alabama 4-H.  Jackson County 4-H member Myra Miles of the Country Bumpkins 4-H Club was among those first participants. The first Florida 4-H Chick Chain was held in 2016.  Jackson 4-H Livestock Club member Nathan Ziglar and Country Bumpkins 4-H Club members Beau and Myra Miles have all been participating since 2016.

Jackson 4-H Livestock Club member Nathan Ziglar (far right), placed 3rd in Intermediate Skill-a-thon.

Youth begin the program each spring with day-old chicks that they take home and raise.  They participate in workshops and complete record books in this project that culminates in the fall with a show that involves exhibition of poultry, showmanship and a skill-a-thon.

Here are the results from Saturday’s show:

  • Best of Breed Barred Rock –    JaceBryan Broxson
  • Best of Breed Buff Orpington – Ethan Thornbury
  • Best of Breed Cochin – Brooks Marr
  • Best of Breed Cuckoo Maran – Kearsten Dalton
  • Best of Breed Speckled Sussex – Emma Fore
  • Best of Breed White Leghorn – Bella Price
  • Overall Reserve Champion – Emma Fore
  • Overall Grand Champion – Bella Price
  • Best of Show Production – Brayden Price
  • Junior Showmanship – 1st Taylor Anderson, 2nd Tucker Padgett, 3rd Emma Weeks
  • Intermediate Showmanship – 1st Catherine Proud, 2nd David Marr, 3rd Brodie Price
  • Senior Showmanship – 1st Kearsten Dalton, 2nd Hailey Dalton, 3rd Brayden Price
  • Junior Skill-a-thon – 1st Tucker Padgett, 2nd Ethan Thornbury, 3rd Abigail Bray-Crews
  • Intermediate Skill-a-thon – 1st Catherine Proud, 2nd Madden Metcalf, 3rd Nathan Ziglar
  • Senior Skill-a-thon – 1st Hailey Dalton, 2nd Mary Ballard, 3rd Kearsten Dalton
  • Best of Show Photography Senior – Hailey Dalton

If you have a youth who might be interested in this wonderful project, contact your local 4-H Extension Office.  The 2019 4-H Chick Chain is just around the bend!

FUN FACTS

In the 4-H Poultry Project, youth learn all about raising poultry including care, health issues, showmanship, poultry products, and poultry science careers.  Valuable life skills are gained through keeping records of their project animals in record books.

4-H offers a broad spectrum of projects and activities to serve a variety of interests, skills, and knowledge. If you or someone you know would like to learn more about the Jackson County 4-H Youth Development program, please visit the 4-H Youth Development page at http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/4-h/.  You may also contact the 4-H Office at (850) 482-9620 or email amgranger@ufl.edu.

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