The 4-H Chick Chain program educates youth by teaching animal husbandry, record-keeping and responsibility. The program has been an ongoing event in Bradley County for many years, and this year was no exception. More than 40 youth 4-H members purchased pullets (female chicks under the age of 5 months) in the spring and attended a delivery day at Beaty Hardware in May to choose their chicks. The youth then took their 3-day-old chicks home and raised them for five months. At that time, the chickens begin to lay eggs and are considered adult hens. Fourteen of the youth brought their chickens back to the 4-H Chick Chain Show and Sale. During the show, the chickens were judged as a pen of three for uniformity, size and growth. Each pen was awarded a blue or red ribbon for quality of the pen based on the modified Danish judging system. Depending on the quality of the chicks, prize money was also awarded. Any youth who auctioned their chickens off received their initial deposit back and were able to keep the remainder of their chickens. This year’s Grand champion Award went to Mikayla Gale, left photo, and the Reserve Grand Champion went to Blake Eberhart, right photo. Making both presentations was Robin Ramsey, extension agent.