A poultry clinic, designed to introduce general care topics, as well as showmanship standards, will take place April 1 in Jay.

The clinic, organized by the Delaware County 4-H Poultry Club, will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Delaware County Fairgrounds in rural Jay. 

The clinic, explained Cathy Rutherford, Delaware County 4-H leader, is open to anyone who owns poultry or is interested in learning more about the birds. 

The morning session will focus on the general care of poultry while the afternoon session cover showing poultry and showmanship standards.

"If a person just wants to come learn more about poultry and taking care of them then they can come to the morning session and not have to stay for the showing and showmanship part of the day," Rutherford explained, adding the clinic would be beneficial for any youth planning to take part in the 2017 Delaware County Free Fair, later this year.

Rutherford asks that participants to not bring birds to the clinic. 

Guest speaker for the clinic is long-time poultry breeder, exhibitor and showmanship judge Lewis Hinkle from Pine Bluff, Arkansas.

Hinkle, who also puts on numerous shows in the region sanctioned by the American Poultry Association and American Bantam Association, has 20 years of experience in the poultry hobby.

"We are excited to have Lewis coming to speak," Rutherford said. "He volunteered to come and we are very fortunate to have someone of his experience here to help poultry raisers as well as exhibitors."

Hinkle is excited about coming to Delaware County.

"I will be speaking over a number of topics from general poultry care, to how to get poultry ready for a show, from the nutrition side to the how to prepare the birds with washing and grooming," Hinkle said. "I will speak about the origin of poultry breeds, give the kids pointers on showmanship and even how to pick a pen full of layers."

Members of the Vinita FFA Chapter will be on hand to speak. The chapter has an active group which takes part in poultry showing and contests.

The clinic is free to attend reservations are requested to be made by Monday, March 20, by calling the Delaware County Extension Office at 918-253-4322.

Concessions, provided by the Delaware County 4-H Poultry Club, will be available including a hot dog combo at lunch for $5.

For more information, persons interested may contact the Delaware County Extension Office at 918-253-4322.