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 required to raise the hens to 28 weeks. The aim is to have the hens laying and ready to compete at 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 8. However, all year levels are welcome to enter.
Entries open: 31 January 2022
Entries close: 18 March 2022
Judging: 13 August 2022
Australian Curriculum Alignment
- Multi-cellular organisms contain systems of organs carrying out specialised functions that enable them to survive and reproduce (ACSSU150 - Scootle )
- Collaboratively and individually plan and conduct a range of investigation types, including fieldwork and experiments, ensuring safety and ethical guidelines are followed (ACSIS140 - Scootle )
- Measure and control variables, select equipment appropriate to the task and collect data with accuracy (ACSIS141 - Scootle )