Taos County 4-H youth prep prized pollitos

By Jesse Moya
jmoya@taosnews.com
Posted 6/6/19

Taos County youth are getting ready for their big moment as the Taos County Fair draws near. Youngsters from across Taos County gathered Sunday (June 2) at the Taos …

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Taos County 4-H youth prep prized pollitos

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Taos County youth are getting ready for their big moment as the Taos County Fair draws near.

Youngsters from across Taos County gathered Sunday (June 2) at the Taos County Extension Office to take part in a poultry clinic on how to care for the birds. Participants in the county fair are required to attend at least two clinics before the fair and do so with other members of 4-H clubs across the county.

"We've just boomed in poultry this year," said Taos County Fair Board member Monica Wilder. "I think this is our biggest year."

Around 90 birds have been tagged this year including chickens, several ducks and turkeys.

Children were required to purchase their birds by the beginning of May and must care for them until the county fair Aug. 23-26.

Sunday's clinic focused primarily on hygiene and care for the birds, but some elements of showing the birds was also demonstrated. Turkeys and ducks are common in other fairs, but chickens are the majority of birds shown at the fairs.

The Taos County Extension Office will also host clinics for larger animals like cows and pigs during the weekdays for those students interested in showing them. For more information, call the county extension office at (575) 758-3982.

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