The 4-H Poultry Club is a young and vibrant club within Crow Wing County 4-H. A goal the club set this year was to go on an educational trip. The group planned a fundraiser and through their efforts, were able to accomplish their goal by traveling to the Master Cup Poultry Show in Webster City, Iowa. 4-H Poultry Club member and Secretary Abby Fleming recaps the club’s trip.
The Crow Wing County Poultry Club went to the Master Cup Poultry Show in Webster City, Iowa. We left Friday morning and got down there about 6 hours later. We went down and stayed in a hotel for the weekend. We went swimming and hot-tubbing!
On our way down our club leader had a surprise for us. We stopped at Dwayne Urch’s hatchery. He is a well-known breeder and has over a hundred breeds! We got to see how he has his barn set up, lots of different breeds of birds, and his incubators! He showed us his different awards that he has gotten over the years too. That was one of everyone’s favorite parts of the trip!
While we were down there we got to do multiple fun things, one of them being taking a tour of Murray McMurray Hatchery! We got to see all of their different incubators, which were huge! They showed us how they sort the birds, male from female. The tour guide explained how they do their biosecurity there to eliminate the possibilities of diseases getting into their hatchery. He explained how they ship the birds out and they were all very friendly!
Another thing they had for the youth/4H down there were workshops. They had three different workshops for us. The first one that we went to was about bathing birds. They taught us how to properly clean your birds, when to clean them, and what products to use. The second one was about eggs. They taught about the candling and grading of eggs. Lastly, on the third one, they taught us about the digestive system of a chicken. They had a couple birds there that they had actually dissected already for us to see up close.
We got to meet multiple of the top breeders from around the country while we were there. A few of us even bought birds while too! The breeders that were down there were very friendly and were more than willing to talk to us and teach us what they could! It was a great experience and we all would like to go again next year!
CWC Poultry Club Secretary
If you are interested in joining 4-H or the Poultry Club, please contact Courtney Johnson, Crow Wing County 4-H Program Coordinator at 218-824-1069.