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Department of Animal Science

Animal Crackers Topics

2019 Topics

Horse Stations:  TBD

Topics to be announced soon!

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.

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