In a wonderful partnership between Hamilton County 4-H, The Hamilton County Community Fair Association and Butler County Extension 30+ 4-H members, families and supporters attended the annual Hamilton County 4-H Poultry Clinic. This year's special guest was none other than our very own JT Benitez from Butler County. JT is well versed in poultry care and management. As a local expert he brings with him not only his own experiences but the full breadth of resources from The Ohio State University, College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.
Organized by Hamilton County 4-H Volunteer, Kris Mason and hosted by John Jacobs, the event provided 4-H members with the opportunity to learn about diverse topics like: What kind of an investment in time and money is expected for various poultry projects, what should you have before you get your animals, what range of protein is best at what age, what type of temperature and humidity at what age and how does it change as your bird grows, how do needs and observation concerns change as a bird grows, sources for high quality stock, the difference is source for exhibition verses market, how do you protect from predators, what to look for signs of illness or lack of nutrition, what are the traditional breeds for market for Turkey, Chicken, Duck, Geese, what other types of poultry meat and products are there, how do you evaluate egg production and quality?
Education was also provided on topics such as incubation of eggs and what supplies you need to start your flock.
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