What better way for students to gain insight into the cycle of life than by raising their own laying hens! The Ekka has partnered with Australian Egg Corporation Limited and Specialised Breeders Australia to provide schools with six (6) eight week old Hy-Line Brown hens.
The Competing schools are provided with six (6) Hy-Line Brown hens and are required to raise the hens to 28 weeks. The aim is to have the hens laying and ready to compete at the Royal Queensland Show (Ekka). Schools submit their three (3) best hens to take to Ekka, with the competition consisting of three main elements:
The competition is judged by experts from the commercial poultry industry and the birds are judged to a commercial standard. Each component is assessed by industry experts, with ribbons and place cards awarded to all place getters.
This competition is aligned and recommended for Year 4 and 9 students, however all year levels are welcome to enter.