Folks are crowing about the growth of the 4-H Poultry Program in Seneca County. In 2016 one youth with one bird participated in the county fair 4-H Poultry Show. In July of 2017, five youth with 22 birds were part of the show. One junior member and four novice members participated in a Poultry Showmanship Clinic as well as the County Fair Show.
In a 4-H Poultry Show, youth have the opportunity to learn more about their project animals. Knowledgeable poultry judge, Daniel Miller of Sodus, taught youth about their breeds of chickens and how to best show them at the Seneca County Fair. He also had the opportunity to help the youth learn more about water fowl.
The junior exhibitor at our county fair, Violet Enslow, qualified to attend The New York State Fair with her two hens. One hen will be entered in the American Class. She is a Rhode Island Red. The other hen is in the English Class and is a Buff Orpington. The hens will be rated on their appearance and coloring as well as size, weight, and cleanliness.
Violet will also enter in a class called showmanship. She will use one of her birds and show it to the evaluator, including how to carry it, hold it, and show its wing feathers. During showmanship she will also answer a variety of questions about her chicken’s breed, uses, judging points, parts, and more.
Violet is being a #TrueLeader by challenging herself, growing in her project area, and participating in the state show. We hope she will come back with lots of information for our Novice Youth and they might continue to grow in their project area next year!
To learn more about the poultry or other 4-H Animal Science programs, please contact the CCE Seneca County Office at 315-539-9251 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Our 4-H Open House to kick off the 2017-2018 project year will be held on Tuesday, October 3rd at 6:00 PM. Save the date to stop in and learn more about 4-H.