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Chick Chain April 10, 2009

Posted by Laura in 4-H, Family, Farm.
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We have really enjoyed 4-H since we joined last year as “Clover Buds.”  Benjamin is in 4th grade this year, so he is now a full-fledged member and can participate in the various contests and projects.  A couple of months ago, he competed at the county level in Speech.  Recently, he decided to raise a batch of chicks to enter in the county fair in the fall.  His 25 Black Star chicks, plus one mystery rare breed chick, arrived Monday and he has had sole responsibility for them since then.  There was a close call with one that got steamrolled by some others while napping, but much to my surprise, it made a full recovery after a night in a box by the fire in the house.  After Benjamin gave it more water, some TLC, and a pep talk, it was chirping away by morning and he returned the little guy to the brooder.

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After raising them all summer, Benjamin will choose his 6 best to go to the fair, compete, and be auctioned off.  He gets to keep the rest.  It is a wonderful program.  In the end, you get a flock of chickens for just the cost of the food and a great experience that helps develop responsibility and character.

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1. Grams - April 11, 2009

I will be interested to watch your Black Star chicks grow, Benjamin.
You’re doing a good job!
Luv ya,
Grams

2. Beck - April 13, 2009

I remember being in the 4H Club when I was young. Girls, at that time, were expected to enter sewing competitions. Guess that came in handy a couple of years ago after we went to Fort Toulouse to see the history of the French and Indians in this area. After we came home I made Sarah Elizabeth, Benjamin and Rachel Indian outfits without a pattern. The picture of the three of them dressed as Indians is one of my favorite pictures. What a sweet memory!

4H skills do last a lifetime. Go Benjamin and chicks!

3. Dreamer - April 15, 2009

Keep up the good work, Benjamin!


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