By Carol Mills
LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
Terri Hall, North Laurel High School psychologist, is sponsoring a poultry club for students 7 to 19.
She said a club was needed in order to show the birds at the Kentucky State Fair.
“They have to show the bird,” Hall said. “They have to know the body parts of the bird. It has to be tame and they also have to give it a bath before it gets there.”
“Right now, it’s called the Laurel County 4-H Poultry Club, but when we have our meeting, probably our second meeting, we’ll change the name,” Hall said.
Any student can join the club and it is not necessary to own a bird. The birds will be kept at the student’s house.
“You don’t have to have a bird,” Hall said. “We will be doing BBQs, egg cooking contests, field trips to hatcheries. We might do things not related to chickens, such as swimming, bowling, or skating as a club. The big thing is that they learn how to take care of chickens and raise birds.
“I would love for the students to invest a little bit more and get some breeds that are in danger of being extinct to help those survive.”
“We’ll be doing things that don’t require birds,” she said. “For example, they can be in the avian trivia, to test their knowledge about birds.”
The kinds of farm birds the club will have are chickens, ducks, geese, and turkeys.
The first club meeting will be on Thursday, Feb. 21, at 6 p.m. at the Laurel County Extension Service Office. Any student interested is invited to attend. There is no charge to be a member, the eggs are free, and the Extension Office provides the incubators.
“They will have to pay to take care of their bird,” Hall said. “If they don’t want to incubate, they can buy the chicks.”
Parents need to attend the first meeting.
For more information call Kim Whitson, 4-H & youth development, at the Extension Service at 864-4167.