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The 4-H Chick Chain Project


 The 4-H Chick Chain project is a program that teaches youth how to
raise chicks into production hens. Each youth receives 6 chicks of
two different breeds, for a total of 12 chicks, to begin this project. The
youth raise the chicks throughout the summer, and the project concludes
with a show and auction. Participating youth not only learn about
responsibility and communication skills, but they also learn about
record keeping, ethical treatment of animals, and biosecurity.
This project is open to any 4-H member in the Northwest District
between the ages of 5-18 (as of September 1). All youth must complete
a recordbook and show within the age division that corresponds with
their age as of September 1st of the year the project was started.

Registration on 4Honline

Registration Fees:
1st time participants: $50.00
Returning participants: $5.00
Siblings: allowed to share chicks, $0

Project Resources

Chick Chain Manual 2017

Breed Descriptions Chick Chain

Biosecurity Poster Chick Chain

Project Books

Cloverbud (5-7 years old)

Junior (8-10 years old)

Intermediate (11-13 years old)

Senior (14-18 years old)

Showmanship Study Guide

Cloverbud Chick Chain Showmanship Questions (2)
Junior Chick Chain Showmanship Questions
Intermediate Chick Chain Showmanship Questions
Senior Chick Chain Showmanship Questions

Skillathon Study Guide

2017 4H Chick Chain Skillathon Study Packet

Important Dates

May-August- Home visits with your 4-H Agent
Poultry Perfection Workshopschoose the most convenient location/date for your family:
  • June 2nd, at the Washington County Ag Center – 1424 Jackson Avenue, Chipley, Florida
  • Date TBA, at the North FL Fair Building  – 441 Paul Russell Rd,
    Tallahassee , Florida
  • Date TBA, at the Santa Rosa Extension Office
    Milton, Florida
August 17th – Webinar “Getting Ready for the Show”

6:30-5:30PM Central (video conference at your local Extension Office)

September 11th– Record books and show forms due to your county extension office
September 30th– Chick Chain Show and Auction (check out our blog to see who won last year)

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