Chickens Update

Feeding

You should be feeding a 1:3 chicken to turkey ratio starting this week. You also should be topping your feed with high octane and power fuel.


You can start mixing in your fat items bacon grease, coconut oil or buttermilk. It should be a "mushy" consistency. This will require you to check the feed more often because the bird tend to not be attracted to the hard old feed. You may want to top with gro-gel or mealworms to help make them want to eat it.


I will be at the project center on Wednesday from 4:30-5:30, if you would like me to help you mix your feed.

Culling

You should begin culling some birds this week. You will need to have less than 20 birds left by next Monday. If you need help culling please contact me and I will schedule a time to come help you.


If you dispose of your birds at the project center. Please be sure they are not moving when you put them in the blue dumpster and they are in a tied plastic grocery bag.

Pen Space & Shavings

Your bird should be basically using your entire pen.

After the Project

We will be taking our birds to be processed on Sunday January 10th. We should take them around noon and it will take 4-5 hours and you will need to plan on helping. It will cost $1.25 per bird. All birds must be out of the barn by 11:59pm on Sunday January 10th.

Lockers

You can start storing your items in your locker to give more space for your birds.

Sink

Please do not pour shavings or feed into the sink. Also, make sure that you clean it up on your schedule cleaning day.
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Please make sure you are cleaning the barn on your assigned date and completing all duties. It was very very messy yesterday.
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Collin County Livestock Show Schedule

Tuesday January 5th-
9:00am-12:00pm- Plano West FFA Concession Stand Shift-MANDATORY for Pig students and we need parent help www.SignUpGenius.com/go/30E0944AAAC2FA13-collin1

Wednesday January 6th


11:00am-Dismissed from school


2:00pm- Arrive at Myers Park with chickens


3:00pm-Show Begins


Friday January 8th

8:00pm-Clean Up-MANDATORY for all show students

Saturday January 9th

12:00-Auction Starts

Remind

Please join the poultry remind text group! Text @chickens16 to 81010

Eligibility Rules

To be eligible to participate in the Collin County Show students must be passing on their 2nd six weeks report card. The second six weeks will end on November 5th. (Courses that do not count against eligibility: any AP class, Honors & Pre-Cal)


Should a student fail a class the 2nd six weeks, they can regain eligibility (be able to participate in the Collin County Show) by passing all classes on December 3rd. Students that are still not passing will NOT be allowed to participate in the Collin County Show. Students that cannot participate will forfeit all entry fees.

Show Buddies

I will assign two other Plano West students to help you show your chickens at the county show and let you know those plans at a later date.