KING OF THE COOP: Richlands chicken in nationwide contest
ONSLOW COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A woman who raises chickens in her backyards is a finalist in Purina’s Strongest Chick in America contest.
According to a news release, Carissa Elliss Baxter competed against hundreds of chickens to earn this honor. As a finalist, Carissa’s chicken is now in the running to win a year’s supply of Purina feed for her backyard flock.
Carissa submitted a photo of her rooster from when he was a chick along with a heartwarming story as part of the contest hosted by Purina Animal Nutrition on the Purina Poultry Facebook page this week.
“This is Hazel and I believe he is the strongest chick in America. This sweet boy is the king of the coop and our pet along with the other 53 chicks,” Carissa said with her submitted photo.
More than 120,000 Facebook fans across the country had the chance to vote in this week’s contest, with the top three entries moving onto the finale round.
As a finalist, Carissa wins a collectible coop sign and is in the running to win the ultimate title of Purina’s Strongest Chick in America with the grand prize of a year’s supply of Purina poultry feed.
She will compete against eight other finalists on Monday on the Purina Poultry Facebook page.
The contest celebrates Purina’s #ChickStrong starter-grower feeds and is part of Purina’s annual celebration of baby chicks each spring. Both urban and rural families start raising flocks in the spring, so they can collect farm fresh eggs when the hens turn 18 weeks old in the fall.
This year’s celebration centers around local poultry raising workshops called Purina® Flock Talk events. Families considering chickens can learn how-to tips and pick up chicks right in the store.