Coastal Plains Chicken Project (2022)

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Registration for the 2022 Coastal Plains Chicken Project Has Ended!

PLEASE NOTE: Registrations and payments were due by January 13, 2022.Coastal Plains Chicken Project Registration and Payment Due Jan. 13th 2022

What is the 2022 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 2022 Coastal Plains Chicken Show will be on April 26, 2022, at the Lenior County Livestock Arena. 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 at 252-876-5606 or

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 silver-laced wyandotte. 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.
silver-laced wyandotte chicks

The broilers will be left with us after the show on April 26.  They will then go to their new homes at local food banks.

What is Required for My Youth to Participate?

  • Registration and payment need to be turned in to your county before January 13, 2022.
  • Youth need to be enrolled in 4-H by registering on 4-H Online.

Register with 4-H Online

Any questions about Jones County 4-H or 4-H Online can be directed to Samantha Bennett at 252-521-6114 or by email at

Resources for Participating Youth

Project Books

Registration for the 2022 Coastal Plains Chicken Project has ended. Please sign up for our 4-H emailing list so you’ll be the first to know about upcoming projects!
Click here to sign up!