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Youth learn all things poultry through Junior Broiler Program at MTSU

Middle Tennessee fourth- through 12th-graders who aren’t chicken of chickens are being exposed to six weeks of poultry science through the Middle Tennessee Junior Market Broiler Program at Middle Tennessee State University.

Hosted by MTSU’s School of Agriculture, the event kicked off last month at MTSU with an introductory session, where each participant was instructed on how to properly raise broiler chicks.

Joe Gulizia, an MTSU animal science major and president of the Poultry Science Club, talks to Kaden Kaul as he selects some of the chicks he will raise for the next several weeks as part of the Middle Tennessee Junior Market Broiler Program at Middle Tennessee State University

Joe Gulizia, an MTSU animal science major and president of the Poultry Science Club, talks to Kaden Kaul as he selects some of the chicks he will raise for the next several weeks as part of the Middle Tennessee Junior Market Broiler Program at Middle Tennessee State University. The six-week program teaches area youth about poultry science. In the background are animal science major Christina Davis, left, and Kevin Downs, poultry scientist in the School of Agriculture at MTSU. (MTSU photo by J. Intintoli)

Broiler chickens are those raised specifically for meat production, though the chickens in the market broiler program are used strictly for educational purposes. Program participants learn broiler chick management, selection, exhibition, and more about poultry science and the poultry industry.School of Agriculture logo

“We are excited about this new poultry science youth development program at MTSU,” said Kevin Downs, poultry scientist in the School of Agriculture at MTSU. “Participating students from around Middle Tennessee will learn more about the science and management of broiler chickens and the significance of the poultry industry.

“I believe any opportunity to expose young people to animals and agriculture in a learning environment is a valuable endeavor.”

Kevin Downs, right, poultry scientist in the School of Agriculture at MTSU, helps 11-year-old Kaden Kaul select some of the chicks Kaden will raise for the next several weeks as part of the Middle Tennessee Junior Market Broiler Program

Kevin Downs, right, poultry scientist in the School of Agriculture at MTSU, helps 11-year-old Kaden Kaul select some of the chicks Kaden will raise for the next several weeks as part of the Middle Tennessee Junior Market Broiler Program at Middle Tennessee State University. The six-week program teaches area youth about poultry science. At far left is Kaden’s father, Konrad Kaul. (MTSU photo by J. Intintoli)

Participating youth picked up their chicks in mid-August, with each youth receiving 20 broiler chicks and 25 pounds of starter feed. The youth will manage their broilers for six weeks until a September exhibition at the Tennessee Livestock Center. Students will participate in a variety of educational opportunities during the program.

For more information, contact Downs at kevin.downs@mtsu.edu.

— Keundrea Simpson, student intern (news@mtsu.edu)

A group of chicks await selection as part of the Middle Tennessee Junior Market Broiler Program at Middle Tennessee State University.

A group of chicks await selection as part of the Middle Tennessee Junior Market Broiler Program at Middle Tennessee State University. The six-week program teaches area youth about poultry science as they raise chicks for several weeks as part of the program. (MTSU photo by J. Intintoli)

Twelve-year-old Gavin Page, son of Mike Page, collects one of the chicks he’ll raise for the next several weeks as part of the Middle Tennessee Junior Market Broiler Program at Middle Tennessee State University.

Twelve-year-old Gavin Page, son of Mike Page, collects one of the chicks he’ll raise for the next several weeks as part of the Middle Tennessee Junior Market Broiler Program at Middle Tennessee State University. The six-week program teaches area youth about poultry science. (MTSU photo by J. Intintoli)


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