2012-03-02 / Front Page

Ag Students Raising, Learning Lessons From Cornish Chicks

by Michael Stanley
Staff Writer

Sophomore Marlanea Yeley gathers up her group’s flock of Cornish chicks for weighing during an agriculture class Thursday afternoon at OVHS. (Staff Photo) Sophomore Marlanea Yeley gathers up her group’s flock of Cornish chicks for weighing during an agriculture class Thursday afternoon at OVHS. (Staff Photo) Agriculture students at Owen Valley High School are raising a large flock of Cornish chicks, and learning some real life skills along the way.

“Whenever these guys get jobs, somebody will be replacing someone,” OVHS agricultural instructor Tom Wallace explained Thursday afternoon. “They will be handed the information collected, read that data, and collect their own. Someone will follow them and they will have to take the data they’ve collected over time and hand that over to whomever replaces them.”

Students are measuring the original weight of the chicks provided to each group, monitoring the daily feed intake and will determine the price value of the chicks by utilizing the cost of food.

“We are measuring how much they eat, how much is left over and then we do the feed conversion to see how much feed we need to give them to gain so much weight,” OVHS sophomore Cody Tapp explained. “They may be processed or sold.”

Sophomore Shane Hill looks on as classmate Casey Roberts (right) takes a shot at weighing a single Cornish chick without getting pecked. (Staff Photo) Sophomore Shane Hill looks on as classmate Casey Roberts (right) takes a shot at weighing a single Cornish chick without getting pecked. (Staff Photo) Students weigh feed each day, and weigh chicks once a week.

In group one, students Andrew Wickerham, Evan Pemberton, Alex Douglas, Alice Query, Stephanie Welsh, Angel Star, Elizabeth Williams and Brittany Alvarado began with chicks at 300 grams, but the chicks have since gained a total of 3,300 grams. The chick’s average gain has been 150 grams a day, with an average of 301.36 grams of daily feed intake.

Group number two, consisting of Marlanea Yeley, Jessica Grubbs, David Shepherd, Shawn Johnson, Brie Krivickas, Spring Hammond, Jared Wood and Nathan Logsdon, has seen an impressive gain of 5,400 total grams in just 25 days. Group two’s chicks have consumed a total of $9.93 in grain to date.

Owen Valley sophomore Alice Query examines a Cornish chick Thursday afternoon during an agriculture class with Mr. Tom Wallace. Query and her classmates are monitoring the feed intake of the Cornish chicks and plan to sell them after the grading period comes to a close. (Staff Photo) Owen Valley sophomore Alice Query examines a Cornish chick Thursday afternoon during an agriculture class with Mr. Tom Wallace. Query and her classmates are monitoring the feed intake of the Cornish chicks and plan to sell them after the grading period comes to a close. (Staff Photo) The total feed cost has been $9.93 for the group, due to 216 grams of daily grain intake.

“We know the cost of the birds because they are measuring the feed costs and then they will determine how much we will sell them for,” Wallace explained. “These are meat birds, so they will be processed by whomever purchases them.”

Group number three, consisting of students Autumn Reed, Casey Roberts, Shane Hill, Tai Sadler, Gary Shircliff, Tiffany Sims, Dakato Cummings and Cyndi Wood, began with a weight of 200 grams, and have seen their chicks gain a total of 3,500 grams on a daily grain intake of 159.09 grams. Group three has seen 6,776 total grams of feed consumed, spending just $4.85 on feed.

Sophomores Georgie Macy (left) and Elizabeth Williams trade places at the scales to weigh their respective flocks of Cornish chicks. (Staff Photo) Sophomores Georgie Macy (left) and Elizabeth Williams trade places at the scales to weigh their respective flocks of Cornish chicks. (Staff Photo) Group four, made up of Mary Kinney, Georgie Macy, Sarah Jones, Tristen Pless, Jonathon Hawkins, Connor Honn, Gabrielle Teter, Cody Tapp and Tyler Schenck, have seen a total gain of 4,006 grams in their flock.

Group four has spent a total of $5.69 on feed, totaling 7,970 grams, with an average of 362.2 grams of food intake daily.

Wallace said that the class will have the opportunity to purchase the birds themselves or sell to outside, but local buyers.

The group of David Shepherd, Jessica Grubbs and Jared Wood weigh their flock of Cornish chicks Thursday afternoon during an agriculture class instructed by Mr. Tom Wallace at Owen Valley High School. (Staff Photo) The group of David Shepherd, Jessica Grubbs and Jared Wood weigh their flock of Cornish chicks Thursday afternoon during an agriculture class instructed by Mr. Tom Wallace at Owen Valley High School. (Staff Photo) “I had people who asked me at the beginning of the project if I could get meat birds in, so I did,” Wallace noted. “Then they have the option of buying those or not.”


Sophomore students Shane Hill and Cyndi Wood carry their group’s Cornish chicks to the scale for weighing Thursday afternoon. (Staff Photo) Sophomore students Shane Hill and Cyndi Wood carry their group’s Cornish chicks to the scale for weighing Thursday afternoon. (Staff Photo)

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