Miniature chicken house: Allen Harim partners with Animal Science program at Woodbridge

GREENWOOD – When it comes to chickens, Animal Science instruction at Woodbridge High School is growing – literally.

Delmarva poultry producer Allen Harim partnered with Woodbridge High School to build a miniature chicken house for students to learn how to raise chicken for meat production.

Two Woodbridge High School students hold baby chicks in the new Allen Harim Broiler House.

The 10-foot by 20-foot chicken house, part of the Animal Science program, will have 99 chicks in each flock.

Students will be responsible for ensuring the chickens have enough feed and water and are well taken care of. Students will monitor their growth and when chickens reach market size, work with a local butcher shop to process the birds.

“When we were approached by the high school to help fund this project, we realized it was a great opportunity to teach the next generation what it takes to be a successful chicken grower,” said Allen Harim President/CEO Joe Moran. “We hope this project will help ignite an interest in the poultry industry and help launch careers with Allen Harim or any of the poultry companies on Delmarva.”

Allen Harim, with financial support from Farm Credit, worked with local vendors to build the chicken house. Allen Harim, a leading producer and processor of No Antibiotic Ever Chicken on Delmarva, will be providing the chicks and the feed for every flock.

State and local officials gathered Monday, Feb. 5 to officially cut the ribbon on the chicken house – Allen Harim Broiler House – and meet some of the students and teachers involved in the project.

Among the dignitaries were Delaware Agriculture Secretary Michael Scuse, State Sen. Brian Pettyjohn, Rep. Dave Wilson and Sussex County Council President Michael Vincent.

The idea for the chicken house came from Jordan Chelton in his senior project last year. He was on hand for the ribbon cutting on Monday and said it’s exactly as he imagined it when he sketched it all out on paper.

“We are excited to be able to offer our students the broiler project,” said Karen Breeding, Animal Science teacher at Woodbridge. “The broilers will bring work force training, production training and a better understanding of poultry production to the Woodbridge Animal Science program.”

In addition to Allen Harim and Farm Credit, other sponsors include:  Warfel Construction, Eastern Shore Poultry, San Yoder & Son, Pep-Up, 1st State Insulation, Agralarm, T.G. Adams & Son, A&B Electric, and Hobbs Contractors.

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