4-H Youth Find Studying Poultry During Pandemic Pays Off

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What is America’s oldest breed of chickens?

Can you name 3 different types of Meringue?

What is the removal of sick or injured birds called?

These are just a few of the questions that were asked in this year’s 4-H Avian Bowl competition. Each year, Poultry Extension hosts the 4-H Avian Bowl competition as a face-to-face event. The event gathers teams from around North Carolina to compete in a quiz bowl.Teams learn avian trivia, then go head-to-head to see which team knows the most. It’s a fun, fast-paced quiz bowl match – with something avian as every category.

This year, though, the event couldn’t be held in the normal way. Instead, Mary Fosnaught, Extension Associate for Poultry 4-H and Youth Development, adapted the event for online participation using an application from QuizBowl Systems. Participants play as teams, with teams divided into Junior and Senior levels. Teams played a double-elimination bracket system, much like sports tournaments.

The 2020 study packet included Raising Waterfowl, Growing Blue Ribbon Pullets, American and English breeds, Ratites (large flightless birds like ostriches and emus), the Commercial Poultry Industry, Embryology, and the infamous Eggcyclopedia, which contains a wide range of egg facts from history, nutrition, cooking terms. methods, tools, and egg dishes. Questions range from multiple choice to short answer to spelling.

The teams began meeting in February, meeting every other week. They had to switch to meeting virtually in mid-March, and met weekly, then went to twice a week in May to prepare for the Avian Bowl and Poultry Judging Contests. In addition, members needed to study on their own time to learn the vast amount of content and be competitive. The (virtual) Avian Bowl contest was on July 16. The Poultry Judging Contest will also be virtual and will be on August 13.

The Avian Bowl Junior teams came from Bladen, Catawba, Craven, Edgecombe, Rowan, and Rutherford Counties. Senior teams came from Bladen, Catawba, and Rutherford Counties.

The winners are as follows… Junior Division: First place – Rutherford County; Second Place – Craven County; and Third Place – Catawba County. Senior Division First Place – Catawba County; Second Place- Rutherford County; Third place – Bladen County.

Members of the Rutherford Junior Team were: John Queen and Alana Taylor. Members of the Rutherford Senior Team were: Lauren Ruppe, Gill Corbett, and Grafton Corbett. Both teams were coached by Cynthia Robbins, 4-H Extension Agent for Rutherford County.

When we went virtual in March, we had to find ways to engage in the topics, more than just lecturing. We covered the material, then reviewed with Jeopardy games, Kahoot quizzes, and even some bingo games to learn the terminology.

Just in case you are still wondering about the first 3 questions at the top, we won’t leave you hanging! The answers are: 1. Dominiques; 2. Soft, Hard or Swiss, Italian, and Poached Meringue; 3. Culling.

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ChickensJunior Team Members are pictured below. Child with chicken

Young woman