Annual poultry contest for youths

March 31, 2009

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The annual Youth Pen of Fryers contest – a competition among youths to raise the best chickens – will be held on Saturday, May 30, at the Polk Country Fairgrounds in Rickreal. The deadline for entering the contest is April 11.

Oregon youth under 20 years of age as of May 30 are eligible to participate in the 11th annual statewide competition, sponsored by the Oregon Fryer Commission and Oregon State University Poultry Extension program, according to James Hermes, poultry specialist with the OSU Extension Service. The entry fee is $10.

Contestants will be required to pick up their 15 Cornish cross chicks on April 18 at the OSU campus in Corvallis. Only chicks provided to the contestants specifically for the contest will be accepted for judging, Hermes said.

Information about raising the chickens will be provided. Contestants will be required to grow their broilers for seven weeks and bring their best three from their flock to the Polk County Fairgrounds for judging on May 30 as a "pen of fryers."

Birds will be judged on body weight, uniformity, defects, cleanliness, feathering and vigor. Judges will be poultry sciences students in the Department of Animal Sciences at OSU.

Prizes include a total purse of about $3,300 in savings bonds, as well as medals, rosettes and ribbons for the top 10 pullets and cockerels. The top three pens will receive medals and prize money of $500, $300 and $200, respectively. Prize money for the top three pens in three age classes will be $100, $75 and $50.

The annual Oregon Poultry Olympics, a series of games and activities for contestants, will be held during the judging and scoring. The Oregon Fryer Commission will provide a barbecued chicken lunch for contestants and their families.

For information about the contest and to receive a registration form contact Hermes at 541-737-2254, or by e-mail. Information and registration materials are available on the Pen-of-Fryers Web site.

Author: Judy Scott
Source: Jim Hermes