Walker County 4-H members involved in the project received the 10 two-day-old baby chicks in May. As a part of the 4-H Chicken project, they raised the chickens from May to October and brought their three best hens to the show. This project started in 2001 with eight members participating and grew since then.
The chickens used in the project are black sex links, also known as Black Beauties or Black Stars. They are a brown egg commercial cross layer.
The chickens are divided into two divisions for the competition. The Novice division is for the 4-H’ers participating for the first time and the Expert Division is for those in their second and above year in the project. After the chickens were judged, prizes were awarded and the chickens were then auctioned. Proceeds went directly to the 4-H’ers. 4-H’ers were also encouraged to create a chicken project board, report or essay about chickens to be judged as well.
In the novice division, first place went to Levi Gilbreath, second to Alison Gilbreath and third to Adrianna Whitman. In the expert division, first place went to Devin Edwards, second to Luke Manning and third to Wayne Manning. Judging the chicken contest was UGA extension specialist Ted Dyer.
Other 4-H’ers who participated in this project included Camilla Carter, Cole Chastain, Logan Edgeman, Tyler Edgeman, Chandler Green, Chase Horne, Dusty Horne and Hannah Parrish.
In the project division, first place went to Hannah Parrish, second to Levi Gilbreath and third to Alison Gilbreath and Adrianna Whitman. Judging the project division were senior 4-H’ers Logan Edgeman and Dusty Horne.
Potts Brothers Auction and AgGeorgia Farm Credit have helped to make this project possible. For more information about 4-H, call (706) 638-2548 or visit ugaextension.com/walker