Middle Tennessee fourth- through 12th-graders who aren’t chicken of chickens are spending six weeks learning about 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 with an introductory session, where each participant learned how to properly raise broiler chicks.
Broiler chickens are 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 many more tasks involved in poultry science and the poultry industry.
“We are excited about this new poultry science youth development program at MTSU,” said Dr. Kevin Downs, a poultry scientist in the School of Agriculture.
“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.”
Participants picked up their chicks in mid-August, when each received 20 broiler chicks and 25 pounds of starter feed. The youngsters will manage their broilers for six weeks until a September exhibition at the Tennessee Livestock Center. They’ll also participate in a variety of educational opportunities during the program.
For more information, contact Downs at email@example.com.
— Keundrea Simpson, student intern (firstname.lastname@example.org)