From tiny chicks to cha-ching, the 4-H chick chain generated almost $3,000 to continue the program.
“I was a little nervous about the program this year,” said 4-H extension agent Emily Mote. “Our chick chain is self-sustaining. Funds raised this year go to buy next year’s birds. This year has been a tough year on everyone so I was bit concerned about how this sale would go.”
Each participating 4-H’er receives 15 cinnamon queen chicks, ranging from 2-3 days old. Between April and September, the youngsters raise these chicks into full-grown hens that are used to produce eggs.
In September, customarily during the Warren County A&L Fair, each individual will submit three hens for a show-and-sell auction, where their hens will compete for ribbons and be sold to the public.
Returned this year were 26 sets of three birds for a total of 78 birds to be offered at the sale.
“This year’s birds averaged about $38 a bird,” said Mote. “That is really good and super generous. In previous years, a blue ribbon bird – hens that are in production and laying eggs on the day of the sale – generally go for between $20 and $30. A red ribbon bird – hens that are on the cusp of laying but haven’t yet – generally go for $10 to $15 or maybe $20. An average of $38 a bird is very good.”
The chick chain is a learning experience designed to give youth the opportunity to raise an animal, teach responsibility, learn money management skills, and gain knowledge in biology.
The 4-H program is available to all students in Warren County between grades 4-12.