Meet a local 4-Her: Allie Reeser, poultry keeper and friend

My name is Allison Reeser, and I’m a member of the Melvern Jr. Highline 4-H Club. This is my sixth year in 4-H and my third year in poultry.  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.

In the spring of 2019, I received five more baby Cayuga ducks. Even though we have had to increase their pen sizes more and more, I love my ducks!  This past spring, for my birthday, I received eight violet guineas to add to my flock. I also built an incubator with my dad, and I hatched my very own Cayuga duck! This drake would be my show duck for the year.

I have enjoyed the experiences from all the shows and contests I have learned from, so this year we planned to add even more shows to our schedule; but due to COVID-19, the spring shows were all canceled.  It wasn’t until the Osage County Fair at Osage City that I was able to show again.

My duck received grand champion at the Osage County Fair, my guinea received a blue, and our pet brown leghorn chicken (I use for showmanship) received a blue.  I also earned grand champion in showmanship.

With the confidence I am beginning to gain in showing, I decided to take it to the next level and show my drake Cayuga duck at the Kansas State Fair. At the state fair, I received a blue on my Cayuga drake, and our poultry judging Team received third place overall.

I am looking forward to continuing to expand my poultry knowledge and my flock.  I can’t wait to see what next year holds for me in poultry!

Celebrating 4-H Week
Oct. 4-10, 2020

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