4-H Youth Soar
Posted: September 2, 2015
Youth of all walks of life (urban and rural) are involved in the Penn State 4-H poultry program. The 4-H poultry projects are some of the most popular 4-H programs in Pennsylvania. Subjects that the program offers include embryology, raising and rearing poultry, and poultry and egg consumer projects. These projects are what motivate youth to learn teamwork, develop interpersonal skills, build enthusiasm and enjoy challenges.
The 2015 4-H fair season has definitely had its challenge as the Eastern poultry producers brace for avian flu this fall as waterfowl migrate. Luckily, 4-H youth have been prepared to speak to fairgoers about biosecurity for home-flocks, and backyard poultry owners. An example of the talents 4-H youth have exhibited include “bird less” showmanship presentations, interactive displays to promote the awareness of bird health and safety.
The S.P.A.R.K.S. 4-H Club of West Grove took the opportunity to speak about their poultry and pigeons to tour groups at the 2015 Chester County 4-H Fair. Armed with posters, model chickens and a ceramic dove as props, Mackenzie Harrison & Shane Reith described their chicken and pigeon projects by sharing skills and knowledge they have both gained over the last year.
Although MacKenzie has only been involved with the 4-H poultry project since January 2015, she was quite comfortable speaking with the families that visited their booth. “I have had opportunities to develop public presentation skills, and share what I have learned about birds this year.” stated Harrison.
Shane Reith spoke primarily about his pigeons, and general poultry care. When asked he shyly offered, “Community Service has also been a part of my 4-H Pigeon project. I have been sharing stories of my interesting hobby. I have been promoting 4-H, as well as the United Nun Club, and I have written an article that was published in the Old Classic Frill Club newsletter.”