Animal Crackers Topics

2019 Topics

Horse Stations:

Heads Up!  Helmet Safety and Concussion Awareness. Instructed by Dru Malavase

We all know to wear helmets and proper equine footwear, but this workshop will present information about the why. NYS law tells us to wear a helmet when mounted on a horse if you are under age 18.  Regardless of your age, your head is your most valuable body part and it needs protection.  Learn to select and fit a helmet, explore styles and other safety research available on concussion protocols.   Protocols are standard procedures in 4-H to keep you safe.

Donkeys are Different!  Instructed by Erin Goodrich, DVM

Donkeys and mules are just a few of the equines that you can also “lease” and show in the NYS 4-H program, even if you already own and show another equine.  Learn about physical features and behaviors that make donkeys unique in the Equidae family. Why do they bray? Are they naturally stubborn? What uses do donkeys serve around the world? Learn more about these fascinating and fun creatures from a Cornell donkey expert.

Neighing and Weighing:  Equine Body Weight.  Instructed by Katielynn Evans

Too fat, too thin, or just right? Learn how to study a horse and learn more about basic feeding management tips to keep your horse in good condition. Learn more about body condition scoring methods and walk away with new skills and weight tapes you can use at home to practice and implement body work knowledge.

Hammers and Clinchers:  Farrier Tools 101.  Instructed by Kav Young

What do these tools have in common? They help keep horse hooves in good shape. Trimming and balancing of horses’ hooves and placing shoes on their hooves is the job of an experienced professional. Learn more from an experienced 4-Her who knows his way around these tools. Learn how to identify some common and unusual tools to help maintain a healthy horse.

All Knotted Up!  Instructed by Tammi Jo Swearingen and Sarah Bagley

Do you know the difference between a slip knot and a square knot? Do you know how to tie a quick-release knot? Learn some new tricks and useful take home skills of haltering and knot tying with an experienced rodeo roper and practical horse woman.

Why is my horse itchy?  Instructed by Julia Miller, DVM

Did you know that animals need dermatologists too sometimes? Have you ever seen a horse with rain rot, scratches, hives, or just itchiness? In this workshop you’ll learn about why the skin is such an important barrier that protects horses from the outside world, what can harm that barrier, and what you can do to keep it safe.

Poultry Stations: 

Birds of a Feather… Wait! What about body type, comb, etc…. – Meat, Eggs, Fancy and more! Every breed has a unique look and purpose. In this track, we will be learning the different purposes for raising poultry and what breeds fall into each of those purposes. A few of our feathered friends will be joining us to help instruct!

Chicken Anatomy: We’re going in! How does a chicken digest it’s food? How does it lay an egg almost every day? In this workshop, we will take an exciting look inside a chicken to learn about the digestive and reproductive systems that make them the amazing creatures they are! You will learn how chickens, which don’t have teeth like us, grind down their food. You will also learn how the reproductive system is like a factory assembly line, almost always at work to deliver you that next fresh egg! Time to put on your surgery gloves, because we’re going in!

Chicken Food: Feeling Peckish? Have you ever wondered what’s in chicken food? What do chickens eat for snacks and treats? How can we feed them so that they stay happy and healthy? This workshop will explore the chicken diet, what types of nutrients are necessary, and how these requirements change throughout the layer hen’s life. To apply our new knowledge of balanced diets, we will also be measuring out and creating our own nutritious snack mix (but one meant for humans of course!). Let’s make some egg-cellent diets.

Coop Costs and other expenses Join an American Poultry Association Judge Apprentice and an experienced teen leader as they share from experience what’s needed to raise birds and the costs of keeping birds safe and healthy from chick to chicken.

Biosecurity for Small Flocks-Join our NY avian veterinary specialist and learn about biosecurity, the first line of defense for preventing diseases from entering your farm and spreading among your flock. Dr. Jagne will discuss the necessary measures and practices you need to put in place to protect your flock.

Let’s Get Crackin’– Want to learn more about 4-H poultry knowledge and skills competitions and other food prep possibilities in 4-H? Interested in learning more about the world of poultry? Join us for some friendly competitions and an opportunity to act as a foodie judge. It is sure to be an egg-citing experience.