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4-H Chick Chain program is back
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The 4-H Chick Chain Project is back in Warren County. Deadline for registration to receive 25 bundles of peeping joy is March 9.
Members of 4-H in grades 4-12 are allowed to register in the Chick Chain Program with consent from their parents. They will be given 25 baby chickens each. Students are responsible for care, feeding and equipment cost.
Warren County 4-H offered the program in conjunction with UT Extension for more than 10 years until 2011 when the project was suspended due to state budget cuts removing a UT Extension agent.
The loss of a program for children did not sit well with parents of local 4-H’ers. Local UT Agriculture Extension director Dale Beaty says parents called “fowl” on the decision.
“We did have some upset parents,” he said. “I contacted a gentleman I knew in Texas about a month ago and we’ve got chickens coming. Hopefully, we will have about 40 children in the program this year.”
An application and $50 deposit must be submitted at the UT Extension office by March 9. When six pullets are brought to the show and sale in August, the deposit will be refunded.  
Applications can be picked up at the UT Extension office in the bottom floor of the Warren County Administrative Building. For more information call 473-8484.