FFA/4H Meat pens - Your Preferred Souce of Chicks

philogirl

Songster
8 Years
May 3, 2011
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Hi,
I am an FFA advisor. My students have been raising meat pens for a number of years. We have generally done well at our local fair. Just wondering if you think it makes a difference where you buy your CX chicks? Where do you get your chicks? We used to buy from our local feed store, but a few years ago switched to Hoover Hatchery in Iowa. We buy in larger quantities for a much better price. I tend to think that much of a successful meat pen comes from the quality of care it gets from the young person.

Beth
 

adillenal

In the Brooder
8 Years
Nov 22, 2011
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Ledbetter, TX
Well, here the extension agent gets them from Ideal HAtchery and since it is less than an hour away, they pick them up. All of the 4-H'ers and FFA students then pick their chicks up at the Extension office. This way, all students showing against each other have a level playing field. Not sure if you coordinate with the 4-H agent where you are.
My son raised broilers in two different counties as a 4-H'er and all of the broilers came from Ideal.
 
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