"This has been one of our most popular projects, and one that does not require too much time or expense, other than feed and shelter," said county agent Anne Brock. "Youth can order 25 chicks to grow out over the summer, and return five of the pullets to be auctioned at the Fall Pullet Show and Sale on Nov. 5, 2011. The remainder of the pullets will be the youth's to keep."
Chicks will be placed with participating youth by late April or early May. The three breeds of pullets to be offered this year are Black Sex Links, Golden Comets, and Buff Orpingtons. Brock said all of these breeds are hearty, easy to raise and lay large brown eggs.
Application forms for the 4-H Pullet Project are available at the Clemson Extension Office, 120 Kirby Street, Union, SC. Participants will pay a deposit of $60 for each 25 chicks ordered. All applications and deposits are due by April 1, 2011.
There is also a new 4-H Poultry Club for youth interested in any kind of poultry. Russell and J.D. Trammell are the volunteer leaders of this club, which meets the third Thursday of each month, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Clemson Extension office. Youth do not have to participate in the 4-H Pullet Project to be a member of the 4-H Poultry Club. The next meeting of the 4-H Poultry Club is scheduled for Thursday, March 17, at 6:30 p.m.
For more information about the 4-H Pullet Project or the 4-H Poultry Club, contact the Clemson Extension Office, (864) 427-6259, Ext. 113.