Up with the chickens by Amanda Jo Talbot, Elsberry FFA Member

 Posted on Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 8:13 am

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When you hear the alarm going off in the morning, what’s the first thing you want to do? Eat breakfast?  Brush your teeth?  Maybe some of you even hit the snooze button a couple of times and sleep a little longer.

Not me.

Shortly after the sun comes up each morning it’s my job to put on my boots and go outside to let my chickens out of the coop so that they can get something to eat and drink.

These chickens are well cared for because they are part of my Poultry Production Supervised Agriculture Experience project, which means that I raise them in order to collect eggs which I then sell as my source of income.

Growing up, my parents always talked about having chickens and hogs when they were young.

I always thought it would be interesting to have chickens because they seemed like an enticing animal, plus they lay eggs, which I eat all the time.

When I became involved in FFA and found out that I needed a Supervised Agriculture Experience, I decided to choose one of these animals since my parents had experience raising them.

My father suggested the chickens because they would be easier for me to take care of with my already-busy schedule, and it would be a great way for me to earn money by selling the eggs.

At the end of my freshman year I was finally able to purchase a small flock of chickens to begin my egg business.
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