Pictured with their mother Shay are Ruby and Rebecca Steedley, who are home-schooled. The 2015 Mobile County Chick Chain 4-H Club Project is open to youngsters 9-18 years of age.
Chick Chain is a 4-H Club project for youngsters 9-18 years of age to learn how to raise, care for and sell chicks. The way it works is that children register with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System and pay a $25 registration fee by April 1, 2015. They should attend an informational meeting at the Jon Archer Ag Center either March 24 or April 21, 6:30 p.m.
On May 11, they will receive six day-old chicks and commence to raise them. The project will teach them to produce healthy chickens; to develop poultry management skills, an awareness for business management and record-keeping skills; to realize the pride of accomplishment and to make new friends and have fun.
At the end of a 24-week growing period, 4-H members sell two of their chickens at the 4-H Poultry Show at the Greater Gulf State Fair and keep the remaining four for themselves. Everyone who participates in the show and sale will receive a minimum of $25.
Sarah Butterworth, 4-H agent for Mobile County, said that "The show-and-sell event during the Fair is a time for 4-H members to show off their hard work and share what they have learned."
The project requires volunteers, and the Mobile Bay Area Backyard Chicken Club serves as mentors for the youth as the youngsters learn how to feed, water, protect, provide shelter and, in general, take care of their chicks. "We believe," Butterworth said, "that this is a great project for Mobile County because youth can raise chicks in their backyard in most areas. Chicks don't require a lot of space or money to raise--and they provide eggs!"
For more information on the Chick Chain Project, contact Butterworth at 574-8445 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.