Meet a local 4-Her: Allie Reeser, friend of Cayuga ducks

My name is Allie Reeser, and I’m a member of the Melvern Jr. Highline 4-H Club.  This is my fifth year in 4-H and my second year in poultry ducks.  In 2017 for my birthday, I received four babies Cayuga ducklings.  My dad built them a pen, and I began taking care of them every day.

This past spring, I received five more baby Cayuga ducks. Even though we have had to increase their pen sizes more and more, I love my ducks!

It was nice this year in having had one year’s experience of showing ducks, but I still didn’t feel like I knew enough, so we attended a conference in Manhattan on how to properly show and judge them. I have increased my poultry shows this year, participating in the spring poultry show in Burlington, where my duck received reserve grand champion; the Osage City fair, where my duck received grand champion; and at the Overbrook fair, where my duck received grand champion. I am becoming more confident in how to prepare my ducks for a show, so now I have begun to focus on showmanship and how to properly do this.

I am looking forward to expanding my poultry knowledge, and I have been studying for poultry judge at the Kansas State Fair. I can’t wait to see what next year holds for me in poultry!

Celebrating National 4-H Week, Oct. 6-12, 2019

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