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Bird is the word at the fair

Faith Carter, 9, holds Snow, her Columbian Wyandotte chicken Wednesday during the poultry show at the 4-H/FFA Chaves County Fair. (Alex Ross Photo)

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Children, their families and bird enthusiasts took part in the Poultry Show at the Chaves County 4-H & FFA Fair Wednesday.

The event kicked off at 2 p.m. with the showmanship.

Melissa Randle, a Chaves County 4-H volunteer and poultry superintendent, said about 33 children in 4-H and FFA entered chickens, roosters, turkeys and ducks in the show. She said that in all this year, she had about 180 birds entered into the show.

She said the children care for their birds at home and can later enter them in the show. They are judged and then receive ribbons in first- through sixth-place in different classes and lots.

The children learn — in raising the birds for the show — how to feed them and keep them healthy.

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Randle said this year the heat has caused problems. The heat can cause some of the birds to molt, changing their feathers.

Faith Carter, 9, entered Snow, a Columbian Wyandotte chicken — in the show.

Carter has raised Snow for about a year and is entering him in Showmanship, where a judge asks them questions about the bird.

Carter said she has been raising chickens in Roswell for about a year. She said that she is interested in raising chickens because she wants to be a veterinarian when she grows up and has been learning about her birds.

Responsibilities of raising a chicken include feeding them, but said that overall it is not too hard.

“Chickens are pretty easy,” she said.

Randle said poultry raising is something that, unlike raising some livestock, poultry is something children can raise at home, are a lot of fun and can be done at a fairly low cost.

Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or at breakingnews@rdrnews.com.

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