Rowan County 4-H Summer Fun!
Every year, the Rowan County 4-H program offers exciting, fun, safe, affordable programming for youth during the summer. This summer we will be offering cooking classes, outdoor adventures (camping, fishing, hiking, survival skills, and firearm safety), an arts and crafts week, a course to teach youth how to raise poultry, and much more! A flyer with all the program descriptions can be found at the bottom of this page.
I want to talk a little more in depth about one of the summer programs that we will be offering. Our youth poultry class, “From Chick to Trophy”, will be an opportunity for youth to learn about and construct all the necessary facilities to raise chickens at home. The program will teach youth about what it takes to raise chickens for home consumption. At the end of the program, youth will get to take home a wire pen, water dispenser, feeder, and the best part is we hope to provide youth with at least 10 broiler chicks to raise. Youth will then have the opportunity to raise the broilers and exhibit a pen of broilers (3 birds) at the Rowan County Fair. This will be a brand new project this year and we really would like to have at least 15 participants to have a good broiler show at the fair. This program should appeal to those of you who are interested in knowing exactly where your food comes from and how to produce your own food; or those of you who have youth who are interested in learning about animals and don’t have a lot of room or money to deal with larger livestock species. This project also opens up the world of animal husbandry to those youth residing within city limits where larger livestock species are not allowed in most cases.
If you have any questions about the 4-H Summer Fun! series please contact me at the Rowan County Extension Office, our phone number is 704-216-8970.