NETLA Broilers Arrive
by: Bobby McDonald
NETLA Broiler Superintendent, Johnny Lennon, arrived in Sulphur
Springs, at approximately 8:30 a.m., with 75 pens of broilers to
distribute to youth raising chicks for the upcoming show.
Chicks, Chicks, Everywhere Chicks.......With just below 2000 baby chicks arriving in Sulphur Springs on Monday morning, the NETLA Market Show Poultry Projects are underway and in "full force!" Students participating in this year's show arrived before 8:30 a.m., this morning to meet Superintendent Johnny Lennon at the Sulphur Springs Vocational Agriculture Building, with boxes in hand to be delivered 25 baby chicks to raise for the show, with hopes of selecting their top three birds to be shown for the top prize on Friday, February 21, 2013 in the Market Poultry Show.
"It's a great project for youth to be involved," allowed on of the parents who had accompanied their exhibitor to obtain their chicks. "We have a brooder already prepared at home and plenty of shavings to keep them dry, warm, and with plenty of feed and water!"
Students will feed the birds to the best of their ability and take care of the chicks to grow them into market birds by the day of the show. "You get them home and take care of them, play a radio to keep them moving and up and eating, and you make sure their shavings are clean and they keep growing," advised a veteran of the Poultry Project. "You've got to be regular and put these chicks ahead of everything else for the next six weeks!"
"The project teaches the student responsibilty and like it or not the entire family becomes involved," added another parent. "It's a great way for the family to work together and help establish goals and responsibility!"
So, if you see "a light on in a garage near you" and youth out feeding and watering chickens to the "beat" of some Country and Western song, its a family that is working together, getting broilers ready for the Market Show!
Best of luck, exhibitors and their families!