Poultry Project Part II

Poultry Project Part II
Posted on 10/06/2020
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A duo of Indian Lake High School/Ohio Hi-Point FFA students has partnered up for another successful poultry project on campus. 

Sophomores Colby Borgerding and Hunter Gross visit the “hoop house” by the high school twice a day to tend to their flock. 

Their baby turkeys arrived as “poults” in early August. Since then, Borgerding and Gross have been feeding and watering, cleaning the pen and spreading new bedding for approximately 30 rapidly growing birds. 

“They’ll do anything for food,” Borgerding says. “But they are not very friendly birds.”

Gross agrees, “Turkeys have a mind of their own. They are always looking for a way to escape.”

Early in the project, some poults got out and did not survive a racoon attack. Now the hoop house is further fortified and the birds are safe through the first of November. 

To fund this project, ILHS/OHP FFA Advisor and Ag Educator Tanner Schoen says the chapter applied for and received a $2,500 Agricultural and Rural Community Outreach Program grant through the Ohio FFA and Ohio Department of Agriculture. The money was used to purchase the poults and needed supplies. These turkeys will remain in the hoop house for a few more weeks. Then they will be processed in mid-November. Borgerding and Gross plan to take orders to sell half of their turkeys ahead of Thanksgiving. The other half will be donated to a local food bank to feed area families over the holidays. 

Earlier in the year, Borgerding and Gross raised 60 chickens and took them to the Logan County Fair in July. One of Borgerding’s birds earned Reserve Grand Champion Meat Pen. The boys are following in the footsteps of senior FFA student Allix Cotterman, who also raised turkeys and award-winning chickens on campus last year.

As the poultry project winds down, both Borgerding and Gross are excited about the new 3-acre pasture that is being developed on campus that will allow students to raise larger animals. 

“I’ve learned I would much rather raise bigger livestock, like cattle or sheep over birds,” Borgerding says.

Borgerding and Gross will use the experience and money earned through the project for their official FFA Supervised Agricultural Experience. Both hope to obtain their State FFA Degree as juniors next year.