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Lovin’ Duck Day

By Staff | May 20, 2016

JULEE GRELL, with Carroll County Extension, cuddles white Pekin ducklings, which will become a local 4-H or FFA member’s fair project.

CARROLL – Walk into the Carroll County Extension office on the right spring day, and you’ll hear a steady “peep, peep, peep” coming from several cardboard boxes near the front door.

Look inside, and little, yellow fuzz balls can be seen waddling around and flapping their wings.

“We love duck day,” said Andrea Irlbeck, county youth coordinator and 4-H youth development specialist with the Carroll County Extension office.

The white Pekin ducks arrived on May 13, just a few days after the market broiler chicks were shipped to the Extension office.

All the birds were shipped from the Welp Hatchery in Bancroft and will become 4-H and FFA projects for youth around Carroll County.

DUCK DAY is always a hit with the staff at the Carroll County Extension office, including, from left, Anjanette Treadway, human sciences program coordinator; Julee Grell, county manager; and Andrea Irlbeck, county youth coordinator and 4-H youth development.

“Our poultry program has grown a lot in the last four years,” said Irlbeck, who credits the Carroll County Fair poultry superintendents, Joe Danner of Glidden and Jay Bobenmoyer of Lake View, for helping spur this growth.

While an outbreak of avian influenza in 2015 prevented youth from showing poultry at county fairs and the Iowa State Fair, 4-H and FFA members are ready to go this year.

“Interest in poultry projects continues to increase, because poultry are fairly inexpensive, they don’t need a lot of space and you can sometimes raise them in town,” said Irlbeck, who noted that the Extension office often partners with the Bomgaars store in Carroll to support local poultry exhibitors.

This year marks the second year of open-class poultry exhibits at the Carroll County Fair, which will be held in early July.

The Carroll County Extension office hosts poultry workshops every other year to help young producers learn about basic bird care and more. “Poultry projects are a great learning experience for the kids, and we’re glad to help,” Irlbeck said.

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