Who can grow the biggest chickens?

Battle of the birds: Three high schools across the region received day old chicks to grow out as part of the 2018 Steggles Sydney Royal School Meat Bird Pairs Competition.
Battle of the birds: Three high schools across the region received day old chicks to grow out as part of the 2018 Steggles Sydney Royal School Meat Bird Pairs Competition.

Gunnedah High School, The Armidale School and Uralla Central School are among 75 schools who will battle it out to see who can grow the best meat birds.

A couple of weeks ago students recevied a special delivery of day old chicks that will be grown out as part of the 2018 Steggles Sydney Royal School Meat Bird Pairs Competition.

Students and their teachers who raise the chicks will then be permitted to enter one pair of male and one pair of female meat birds in the Poultry Show at the Sydney Royal Easter Show, which this year runs from March 23 until April 3.

Participating schools have individually designed a food program for their birds aimed at maximising their growth in the six weeks leading up to the judging.

The competition provides students with a glimpse into the poultry industry and works to dispel hormone myths surrounding chicken meat production.

In 2017 the winner of the Steggles NSW Schools Meat Bird Competition in the male category was Wellington High School and in the female bird category, Elderslie High School, Narellan.

Both schools are re-entering the competition this year.

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