Meet a local 4-Her: Isabella Reeser gets a little chirpy about her birds

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

It all started in April of 2017; my mom and dad gave me six chickens for my seventh birthday. My dad built a pen for them, and my sister and I learned how to take care of chickens. So when October 2017 rolled around, and I FINALLY got to be in 4-H, chickens was one project I wanted to be in! Every day my sister and I feed, water, and tend to my chickens (and her ducks).

About May 2018, my mom and I began watching YouTube videos trying to figure out how to show and what all preparation goes into showing chickens. We learned how to properly bathe them, dry them, show them, put them in and out of cages, and even what I was to wear during the showing.

Fast-forward to spring of 2020, my sister and dad built an incubator, and I was able to hatch one of my Bantam’s eggs, which I chose to be my show chicken for this 4-H year. Then as a surprise for my birthday, my grandparents bought me six Ancona ducks. At the Osage City fair, I took my Bantam, who received grand champion chicken and grand champion bird in the poultry division. My Ancona duck received reserve grand champion duck, and my Brown Leghorn chicken received reserve grand champion chicken and reserve grand champion bird overall. While there I participated in showmanship with my Bantam, earning reserved grand champion.

This year I was FINALLY old enough to take projects to the Kansas State Fair! On Sept. 5, my mom, sister, and I traveled to Hutchison and the Kansas State Fair. My Ancona duck and Brown Leghorn both received a blue, and my Bantam received a red.

While there, I was also a member of the Frontier District poultry judging team, where we place third as a team.

I can’t wait till next 4-H year to show my birds again!

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

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