2021 Coastal Plains Chicken Project

— Written By Katie Carter
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What is the 2021 Coastal Plains Chicken Project?

First you pre-order chicks from us. Prior to getting your chicks, you will need to attend a brief orientation that goes over keeping chickens and specifics about the project. Depending on whether you get laying hen or broiler chicks, you will pick them up either the beginning of February or the beginning of March (more information to follow). Take your birds home and the fun begins!

Throughout the project, youth will have a project book that they need to fill out about how they are taking care of their birds. We will offer a chicken showmanship class as well, generally at the beginning of April. The 2021 Coastal Plains Chicken Show will be on April 27 in Kinston. Youth will have the opportunity to show their birds in two classes. This will conclude the project.

If you have laying hens, you get to take your birds home and wait for fresh eggs! If you have broilers, you will leave them with us at the show and they will be donated to local food banks!


Any questions about the Coastal Plains Chicken Project or livestock questions can be directed to Katie Carter.

Can we Choose the Type of Chicks We Receive? Participants can either order broilers (which are meat birds) or laying hens. The laying hen breed selected this year is the black star sex-link. The laying hens will go home with the youth after the show and are theirs to keep! These hens will usually start laying fresh eggs around 6 months of age. The broilers will be left with us after the show on April 27. They will then go to their new homes at local food banks.

What is Required for My Youth to Participate? Youth need to be enrolled in 4-H by registering on 4HOnline. How to register with 4HOnline: Go to 4HOnline, select ‘I need to set up a new profile,’ select the club ‘Member at Large,’ select the project that you’re interested in. Any questions about Craven, Jones, or Pamlico County 4-H or 4HOnline can be directed to the 4-H agents in each county.

Due to COVID-19, please call and schedule an appointment to come into your local N.C. Cooperative Extension office and complete the registration form as well and pay for your chicks. There is a minimum of 2 birds needed for this project.